If you haven’t heard about the water challenges the Western Cape are facing this year then you could only have been on another continent for the last few months.
There are incredibly valuable lessons to be learnt with the challenges the Western Cape are facing with regards to saving water. But what comes with saving water can also influence your finances and how to save money.
Treating water like it’s a member of your family will encourage its importance in your household. It’s also a smart way make your money go further by saving on water bills:
The most obvious is to budget and save. Put some money aside into a savings account, in your mattress, in a cookie jar or buried in a pit (just remember where you dug the hole).
- Grey water
Re-use your dishwater, bath water and rain water. Keep cheap buckets in your bathroom, kitchen and under gutters when it rains. When running the hot water tap, catch the cold water as it warms up and use that elsewhere around your home like watering the plants, filling the toilet or washing the dishes.
- Plug those leaky pipes
According to a 2017 GreenCape market intelligence report, 37% of South Africa’s water supply is lost through leaks across many cities. Just imagine how your pocket will be affected by pipes leaking in your home. Plugging the leaky pipes can plug your spending on maintenance.
- Boil what you need
There aren’t many better things than a good cup of tea or coffee in the winter time. Be aware of how much water you boil. You only need one cup’s worth of water in the kettle. Filling and boiling a full kettle can be unnecessary and can save water and money in the long run.
- Bin your baths and use a power shower
The average bath can use up to 130 litres to fill – imagine how long it would take to drink that much water! Showers can use up to 75 litres if you run it for 10 minutes, saving you 50%. The best is to use a power-saving shower head which uses up to 7,5 litres in 10 minutes – that’s a saving of 95% versus a bath. You can take that even further with stop-start showers – turn the water off when you scrub yourself clean, then on again when you rinse.
Saving water can save you money. All it takes is a little bit of effort and it will become a habit before you know it.