Have you found yourself picking up new habits during lockdown? Are you a fanatic of exercise, lover of meditation or let’s face it… obsessed with zoom quizzes with friends? Lockdown has been a time where millions of us have picked up new water habits or hobbies, and many of them have centred around becoming more eco-friendly.
During the lockdown, water usage rose by 60%, which simply isn’t sustainable. We know it’s difficult as we’re being told to continuously wash our hands and stay as clean as possible to prevent the spread of the virus, but there are other areas of our lives where we can save water. As we move towards a ‘new normal’ (sorry we had to say it) here are some water-friendly habits that you can take with you.
Washing once a day water habits
For many of us, a typical day used to look like this: Wake up, hit snooze (more times than we should), get up, jump in the shower and brush our teeth, grab a slice of toast then sprint out the door. Perhaps your evenings consisted of grabbing another shower before heading out to dinner or meeting friends. We might even go to the gym and shower after. Normal behaviour, but did you notice how some of us were showering more than once a day multiple times a week?
With our desks in our homes, the morning shower isn’t quite as necessary as thankfully zoom calls don’t include smell. We’re also restricted on heading out in the evenings, another opportunity to shower, gone. Many of us have transformed our showering habits to just one a day (for some of us its less, and we’re not judging you for that, we’re congratulating you!).
A 10-minute shower can use 80 litres of water or more. When the average person’s daily usage is 150 litres you can see the impact that two showers a day can have. Better yet, you can see all the savings you’ve made during lockdown by embracing your natural scent.
Washing the car now and then
It’s not just our bodies that we’re washing less, it’s our cars too. Less driving has caused our cars to remain cleaner, but we’ve also lost that inside voice saying “wow, the car looks dirty today I’ll wash it at the weekend”.
Nothing terrible happened from not washing a car every weekend, and many of us have been embracing our dirty vehicles. On the one hand, it’s a case of out of sight out of mind; on the other, it’s been a great way to save water. If seeing through your windscreen is becoming difficult, it’s probably time to wash it. But check out our tips for washing a car using one cup of water before you do. You’ll be amazed at the gleaming results of this water habits.
Click. Checkout. Repeat. Many of us are guilty of an increase in online shopping these past few months. While you may not need those new pair of shoes or garden sun lounger that was delivered last week, there is a reason to keep this habit lurking about.
It is much easier to discover products that can help us save water around the home when shopping online. Typically because they’re on Amazon and not in high street shops. If you’re in the habit of shopping online, divert your attention to water aerators, water-saving showerheads, and outdoor water butts and make a new water-saving habit. Many water companies will offer these for free! Check out your suppliers website for more information.