With these simple tips, you can save water – every day!
Created: 08/13/2022, 21:28
By: Lisa Klein
The summer of 2022 is extremely dry.
In Germany, the water level is falling.
Anyone can easily save water with these tips.
We must learn to use our resources more sparingly and to live more economically.
This not only applies to electricity, gas and petrol, but also to water.
Because in Germany, too, there is a risk of water shortage sooner or later in view of climate change.
Heat waves like the ones we are currently experiencing in Europe are now part of the "normal" European climate in the summer months due to man-made global warming.
The summer of 2022 is already too warm and clearly too dry, as
Extreme drought will be more and more common in Germany in the future.
Conditions similar to those in southern Europe could also threaten us.
Baden-Württemberg has already announced water rationing as a possible savings measure.
It is of course better to save water before the state intervenes - and this is very easy with these tips.
Save water in everyday life: With these eleven simple tips
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Saving water with these simple tips – consumers should pay attention to this
Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke called on people in Germany to save water as early as mid-July.
In order for the drinking water supply to continue to be guaranteed, "everyone should make a contribution to saving water within the scope of their possibilities," said the Green politician in an interview with
These tips will help you save water:
Showering instead of bathing:
If you shower for less than ten minutes, you use less water than when bathing.
In general, the shorter the shower, the better.
A six-minute shower uses 30 to 80 liters of water, depending on the shower head.
, however, a bath in a conventional tub uses 150 to 200 liters.
Turn off the faucet:
When washing your hands, the faucet should be turned off while soaping.
The same applies in the shower when soaping, shampooing and shaving.
Use a toothbrush mug:
If you use a mug to brush your teeth, you use less water than if you scoop it up with your hands.
In general, watering should not be done during the day, but rather in the early morning hours or in the evening.
So less water evaporates.
According to dpa,
Harald Nonn, Chairman of the German Lawn Society, also recommends
watering the lawn less frequently, but watering it sufficiently so that the water sinks to the depths.
About 15 liters of water per square meter are sufficient.
Anyone who collects rainwater in barrels and uses it for watering saves drinking water.
There is also the possibility of collecting rainwater in large quantities with a cistern.
The rainwater can not only be used for watering the garden, but also for flushing the toilet or the washing machine.
Use toilet economy cisterns and economy buttons: Flushing
the toilet uses a lot of water.
According to wc-frisch.de
, toilets with old cisterns require
up to 15 liters of water.
New cisterns are comparatively economical at three to five liters.
Above all, the economy button for small businesses saves water.
Fill the washing machine well:
When washing, care should be taken to load the drum as full as possible - but not too full.
Don't throw away the water:
If you have boiled too much water for a tea: Don't throw away!
Simply let the rest cool down and use it for cleaning or watering, for example.
Water can also be saved when cooking: wash fruit and vegetables in a small bowl and then use the water for watering.
Do not wash dishes individually:
dirty dishes should be collected.
Then the sink only has to be filled with water once.
Wash the less dirty items first, like glasses and cups, pans and pots last.
Clean with a bucket:
Instead of repeatedly rinsing out the dirty rag under the running tap when cleaning, simply fill a bucket with water and dip the rag in there.
Heilbronner Wasserversorgungs GmbH (HNVG) also gives
tips on how to save water.
In addition to switching to rainwater instead of using drinking water for irrigation, the HNVG recommends "abandoning the filling of one's own pools and using public outdoor pools instead".
Incidentally, many electrical appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers have eco programs that also help to save water.