#LiveGreenSG Home Tips: Water

2 Nov, 2018 11:45:17 AM / by Quek Leng Chuang

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In our daily life, drinkable water is used for sanitary purposes, watering gardens, or cleaning cars, although the potability of water is not necessary for these uses.This ease of access to running water, which people living in developed countries have, often makes us forget that it is a valuable resource.30% of the world's population still doesn’t have access to drinkable water at home. Water reserves, groundwater and surface water are often polluted by human activities.

Implementing the following daily water-saving practices means fighting against the decrease of water reserves and improves the quality of the water we consume every day.


Revenge Is A Dish Best Washed In A Bowl.

Letting the tap run while you are doing the dishes is a waste of 12 liters of water per minute. To do the dishes, use a bowl of water or turn the tap off. Have a basin of water for washing and a basin for rinsing - it's simple, and it leads to great daily savings!


Stop Pouring Money Down The Drain.

A leaking tap can waste 30 to 200L of water per day. Even one drip per second can lead to a potential waste of 80L of water in just a day. A dripping tap is normally the result of a worn or faulty washer. It could be easy to fix, so get on it!


Choose The Right Flush.

Flushing can consume up to 12L of water per flush, or even more for old installations… New water closets come with a dual-flush option, and thus don’t use more than 3L for each half-flush. Use the half-flush instead of full-flush, and save up to 10% in your monthly water bills!


Send The Baths To The Showers.

A shower consumes on average 5 to 6 times less water than a bath - as long as it is fast! If your shower lasts 10 minutes, your consumption is equivalent to a bath (ie 200L of water!).

Take shorter showers, you know you can do it. It also means less time singing in the shower - to preserve the ears of your neighbours. Cutting the shower water while you’re soaping up will also save 50% of the water you use.


Keep Cool.

Saving energy also means saving hot water. Easy tip: wash your hands with cold water rather than hot water. By the way, cold showers can make you more energized and we heard it might even be better for your health!


Beat The Heat.

Water heaters are often regulated at a temperature of 70°C. In this case, the water gets very hot, with a risk of scalding, and skin burning. Adjust the temperature of your water heater between 55°C and 60°C. Water will be hot enough and you will save energy!


Carwashing Doesn’t Have to Be Greenwashing.

Washing your car at home is a highly polluting practice - and is not really sexy except in rap music videos of the 2000’s. The water used to wash the vehicle will be loaded with dangerous products used in building the car, such as heavy metals and hydrocarbons. Wash your car in carwash stations, that are equipped with a system of water treatment and recycling.


Are You An Early Bird or A Night Owl?

To irrigate a garden, we consume on average 15 to 20L per square meter! Don’t forget to water early in the morning or late at night, to prevent the water from evaporating due to the heat. To save more water, you can water at the base of your plants, and choose drought-resistant species. And stop watering that pot plant every hour, it will not rise from the dead!

Wish to go a step further to make your home sustainable and eco-friendly? Live Green with ES Power, and switch your house electricity retailer to enjoy clean energy and savings.


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Topics: Residential, ES Living, Powering Sustainability

Quek Leng Chuang

Written by Quek Leng Chuang

LengChuang is a chemical engineer and an expert in carbonomics. He is the co-founder and owner of Environmental Solutions (Asia) Pte Ltd and ES Power.