Earth Day: let’s start now and let’s not stop!

Every year on 22 April, Earth Day is the perfect time to stop and think about how we are treating our planet. And of course, as our behaviour has an ongoing influence on the environment, this should last for more than just a day. One key example is water consumption. UN research has shown that water consumption will continue to rise over the coming years. This means that within ten years, two thirds of the world’s population will be living in an area of water scarcity. So it’s high time for greater awareness, because every little helps!

earth day 2016What most people don’t realise is that over the course of a day, we use far more water than we think. For example, making a cup of coffee uses much more water than merely the water used to make the drink. What about the water used to make the coffee plants grow? To create the packaging in which the beans and ground coffee are transported? To make the mug in which the coffee is served? Water is one of the most heavily used resources in the world, so it’s time we started treating it with respect.

A two-millimetre water leak

Sadly, we have little influence on the manufacturers who make our coffee machines or washing machines, but we can exert influence over our water consumption at home. ‘A better environment starts with you’ is still a very apt slogan. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to deny yourself that cup of coffee; there are other ways for us to cut down our water consumption too. Let’s take a water leak, for example. Even if it’s just two millimetres in diameter, some 192 litres of water per hour will escape. Not only is this bad for the environment, but you also feel it in your wallet!

We’ll be paying more

We’ll be paying more for water regardless. Rising consumption has a direct influence on the price: not only will we notice this when purchasing new products, but also when we receive our water bills.
In the United States, for example, the price of tap water rose by 41% between 2010 and 2015. If we don’t want to start seeing higher bills, then we’re going to have to start saving water.

Insight helps us save water

That’s why we have introduced a new solution at Smappee: our Gas & water monitor. It’s easy to save water (as well as gas and electricity of course) if you’re able to gain insight into your consumption. If we look at the figures for electricity, we can see that simply providing insight leads to a saving of twelve per cent. We anticipate that the figures for water consumption will be similar.

Whatever our motivation may be, it is incredibly important that we change our behaviour when it comes to our gas, water and energy consumption. Because if we all want to keep on enjoying our beautiful planet, then we all need to make a contribution. That’s why we’re joining in with the Earth Day appeal: let’s start now and let’s not stop!