International World Water Day is celebrated all over the world on 22 March.
This year the focus is on the importance of freshwater and how it should be conserved and sustained.
Conserving water is something all of us can do in our everyday lives by being more careful about the amount of water we use and when buying household appliances; looking for the ones that will cut down on the amount of water used.
This is a policy that AL Thompson’s is actively pursuing by bringing in energy saving devices and educating consumers to make the best choices to save water, electricity and money.
All its major appliances that use water are Energy Star Rated, explains Sales Manager Melissa Thompson.When ordering new appliances, the retailer looks specifically for that rating. Its front load clothes washers, for instance, save on water by using 15 gallons as opposed to the 45 gallons used by a non Energy Star Rated machine. The washing machines also spin at 1,100 RPMs, which gets more water out of clothes and saves on dryer use.
Flushing a toilet also uses a surprising amount of water, but AL Thompson’s stocks a conventional toilet that typically uses about one-and-a-half gallons of water compared to the three-and-a-half gallons of a conventional toilet.
For people who are energy conscious, Thompson’s also stocks TOTO and Kohler toilets that offer the option of flushing or alternative flushing depending on the waste type.
Other ways to conserve water
Check faucets and pipes for leaks – a small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons.
Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket – every time you flush a facial tissue or other small bit of trash, five to seven gallons of water is wasted.
Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators,
Take shorter showers – one way to cut down on water use is to turn off the shower to soap up, then turn it back on to rinse. A four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water.
Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush.
Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads.
When washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing.
Don’t let the faucet run while you clean vegetables – just rinse them in a stoppered sink or a pan of clean water.