Green-livingA week ago, we posted some handy tips for battling the current water crisis in South Africa, which you can read more about here. This week we look at ways to conserve water in your bathroom and outside your home.

In the Bathroom

– Place a cup and refillable water bottle in the bathroom for brushing your teeth.

– Brave the cold spray while your shower is warming up

– OR position a plastic bucket in your shower to collect the cooler water for gardening, washing your car, giving a pet a bath or in case of emergency water shortage

– Aim for 3 to 5 minute showers. Get in. Get soapy. Rinse. Get out.

– Use a kitchen timer to monitor your shower times

– Try and shower in time to your favourite song and exist when it ends.

– Turn off the shower when washing your hair – good thing it is summer!

-If your bathroom basin tap’s hot water takes forever, consider using a splash of hot water from the kettle rather to wash your face and wash up.

– Don’t let the water run when shaving, ladies and gentlemen.

– Plug your basin and fill with water to rinse your razor rather than running it under a tap.

– When washing your hands turn off the tap when you lather.

–  Use this simple test to make sure your toilet tank is not leaking into the bowl: Put a few drops of food-safe dye in the tank. Give it 15 minutes. If that color becomes visible in the bowl, you’ve got a leak.


– Don’t flush just to throw away stuff like tissue, use a trash can!


Out of your home

– If you shower at Gym? Still keep it short!

– Wash your car on your lawn, two birds – one stone!

– Use a bucket to wash your car instead of a hose

– Make sure your sprinklers are water efficient

– Skip a few waterings a week

– Shorten your sprinkler times

– Sweep sidewalks and driveways rather than hosing them down

– Ensure your hoses have water efficient nozzles

– Use water tanks to store rain water.

– Cover your pool to prevent evaporation

– Water your garden at optimum times to avoid evaporation i.e early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler.

– Use mulch in plants to reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool.

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