So you can save a lot of water: valuable tips

We use the toilet flush several times a day, showering, washing clothes, washing dishes and cooking with the water that comes out of the pipe. But do you know how much water you actually consume per day? And where could you save the environment and your energy bill for the sake of it? Read our saving tips!

Water consumption in Germany

A German consumes 120 liters of water per day on average. More than half of them are used for toilet flushing and personal hygiene. A large part is also used for washing clothes and washing dishes. Only about three liters of our drinking water per day are actually needed for drinking or cooking. Even though consumption has fallen by about 30 liters per day over the past 14 years, it is sensible and important for ecological and financial reasons to further reduce water consumption.

toilet flush

As I said, the biggest water-eater is the toilet flush. There are several ways to save.

  • Savings rinsing: With a savings rinse, you can decide yourself how much water you will chase down the toilet.
  • Paving stone or water bottle in the cistern: In order to reduce the total volume of water in the cistern, you can put a large paving stone or a water bottle filled with water in the box. So less water runs into the cistern. Do not worry, even with less water, the toilet will be clean!
  • Use shower water: If you take a shower, you can just put an empty bucket in the shower. It fills up naturally when you take a shower. Instead of using one or two lavatories, use the bucket of water.

Washing machine

With electronic devices, the water consumption is lower the more new the devices are. Nowadays, many households have washing machines that use the weight of the laundry to calculate how much water is needed and thus to adjust the water consumption individually. When buying your washing machine, pay attention to the energy label: Water consumption per year at four to five washes per week at 40 to 60° C. An efficient washing machine consumes 40 liters per wash, just under 9000 liters per year. Older washing machines consume up to 100 liters or more per wash. So there is a lot of potential for savings here.

Wash the dishes

Dishwashing in a dishwasher usually consumes significantly less water than washing your dishes by hand. Again, newer appliances consume significantly less water than older ones: a highly efficient dishwasher consumes only 9 liters of water per wash, while a machine older than 10 years can have a consumption of over 20 liters. However, it must be remembered that the use of salts during dishwashing in the dishwasher leads gallons of caustic substances into the wastewater.

take a shower

When showering about 80 liters of water are consumed, in a full bath, however, 150 to 200 liters. Therefore: Better showering than bathing. In addition, you can save water by turning the tap while soaping and using the water for showering only.

Rainwater in the household

This variant is somewhat more elaborate, but guarantees maximum savings. In Germany, it is allowed to use rainwater for toilet flushing, for the washing machine and for garden maintenance. Shower and dishwasher can not be fed with rainwater. For this you need to install collecting containers, rainwater pumps and pipes, but you can save over 50% of the drinking water. In addition, rainwater is softer, so your washing machine has less calcium deposits and you need less detergent.

Rainwater for garden irrigation

Even if you do not feel like investing in such a facility, you can collect rainwater with simpler means in the garden and at least use it for garden irrigation: set up a large barrel and let the gutter pipe end up in it. Thus, a large part of the rainwater of your roof flows into the bin and you can use it to water your flowers or manually flush your toilet or the like.

Saving tips at a glance

  • Repair leaking taps or pipes!
  • Visually integrate a water meter for your entire family! That motivates to save.
  • Turn the tap when brushing your teeth!
  • Make full use of the capacity of the washing machine and dishwasher!
  • Use rainwater for watering!
  • Shower instead of bathing!
  • Put something heavy in your cistern and install a saving rinse!

Tips & Tricks

If you want to save not only water, but also energy, make sure that you do not wash dishes and laundry too hot: 50° C is enough for the dishwasher, at 60 degrees, bedding is clean and germ-free.

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