A Wise Bathroom

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” Water is life’s matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.” – Albert Szent

Our bathroom is among one of those places in our house where the maximum amount of water is used.But if we want, then we can do the maximum amount of water conservation at this place, In fact, small things like installing a water saving shower or taps can contribute a lot to our purpose of saving water.

People throughout the world need to understand the importance of water conservation in first place, which can be easily achieved by spreading a word about the same through whichever possible way. We as human beings should realise the pivotal role that water plays in our day to basic day activities . as truly said, without water there is no life. It is our duty to save this precious resource and contribute our little effort in protecting our mother earth as well as that of our future generations. So, here are a few a ways through which you can do your little bit in saving our only 0.1 % fresh water available to us out of total amount of it present on the earth.

BATH VS. SHOWER 

It is a general assumption that a bath uses far much water than a shower. However, it totally depends upon the maximum efficiency of your shower as well as on how frugal you are in the bath. A full usually uses around 150-160 litres of water, whereas, at the same time a half bath uses only 50 litres of water, which is very less as compared to that of a full bath. Similar is the case with shower, an inefficient shower uses anywhere about 23 litres of water a minute or so, si, within over 2 minutes you would have used water as much as that of a sunken bath and in 7 minutes more than even that used in the full bath. However, an efficient hed shower uses just 9 litres of water per minute. So, a 3-4 minute shower consumes water significantly less than a low bath.

COMPOSTING TOILETS

Well, this may sound little weirds to some of you, but, installing composting toilets can bring down your water bills significantly. And in a long run, you will realise that this eco- friendly way of relieving yourself has other benefits too. A composting toilet requires no water and relatively low maintenance. The waste drops into a large tank in the subfloor, where it slides slowly down a sloping base. By the time it reaches the lowest part of the tank, where the door allows access, it has turned into an n A-grade organic manure. If water is in short supply or normal sewage services are not available than it can be of great use.  Buy a commercially available model. It will have been tried and tested and come with a range of accessories. Make sure, however, that it meets local authority regulations. Some of it’s essential features air ducts or a fan to aerate the waste. An extractor fan is installede to disssipate fumes. Extra accessories like a hatch that allows yopu to add organic matter can be attached, or a heater to maintain an optimum temperature in cool areas can also be installed. Revolving tanks to stagger delivery of compost and a solar panel to run the fan can also be installed.

FRONT LOADERS VS. TOP LOADER

A top loader washing machine is much cheaper than a front-loading washing machine. Also, a front loader washing machine washes clothes at a much faster speed. However, a front loading washing will save your money and at the same time will be good for the environment in a long run. Front loaders usually utilise less amount of water than a top loader( an efficient model can use more than 100 litres of water less than that of an inefficient front loading washing machine). Also, at the same time, front loaders consumes approximately 40 per cent less energy than a top loader and also about half as much of the detergent. They also wash clothes more gently, so your clothes can last m, much longer without losing their fabric strength and shine!

DISHWASHER VS SINK

Well, this one is a pretty debated topic! Washing dishes in a sink saves a lot of energy, and if you are watchful enough to not to waste large quantity of water while rinsing the dishes, then it can be th3e best option regarding usage of water too. But, if you have a modern, high-efficiency dishwasher, and you use it efficiently,i.e., running it fully loaded and on economy settings you may end up using only 16 litres of water each time! That is 2 liters less than the average hand wash. In comparison, an older inefficient dishwasher is likely to use about 36 litres of water.

QUICK TIPS

Even a tiny leak in toilet cistern can waste 36 litres of water per day an a more staggering 96,00 litres of water in a year! To check whether your toilet is leaking water add a few drops of food colour in the cistern and leave it for some time. If it leaks through to the toilet, have cistern fixed as soon as possible.

80% of the energy required for a hot wash is used to heat the water, so use a cold wash as much as you can. In this way, you will also cut greenhouse emissions as a hot water generates 15 times as much greenhouse gas as cold water.

 

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