World water week

We are in the midst of World Water Week. With climate change concerns and rising energy prices across the world, it's time for a new way to think about water and energy. With Smappee, now your family can learn to use less water and save both energy, and money. 

Most of us know about the importance of saving water, but few think of the connection between our energy use and water use. Heating water for showering, washing, shaving, cooking, and cleaning requires a considerable amount of energy. Homes with electric water heaters, for example, spend one-quarter of their total electric bills just to heat their water. By making a few small changes to the way we use water in our homes we can not only save water, but also generate great savings on our energy bills.

So, how can we start saving?

Well, first we need to understand just how much water we use. Research shows that approx. 95% of the water entering our homes goes down the drain. We annually use more than 400 litres of water for cooking, and certain dishwashers can use up to 15 litres per cycle. With Smappee, we can detect energy guzzlers like inefficient dishwashers and costly water heaters through the real-time readings delivered straight to your smart phone. With Smappee’s actionable insights and innovative Comfort Plugs™ we can use these insights to turn off heaters or water-consuming devices when you don't need them to save water, energy and money. 

There are many more ways we can pay attention to how we are using water in our homes. Start following these water smart tips and you can save water and energy and contribute to building a sustainable water supply for everyone:

1. Take showers instead of baths, and take shorter showers. An average shower uses 10 litres of water per minute, so taking a shorter shower will save water

2. Use a Smappee Comfort Plug™ to turn your hot water heater off in periods when you don't need it

3. Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth. A running tap can use up to 8 litres of water per minute

4. Be sure your washing machine and dishwasher are always fully loaded before turning on

5. When buying water-consuming appliances, check the label to make sure you are buying the most energy efficient appliance

6. Use a basin inside your sink. Basins are handy for washing dishes, or collecting water you use to rinse fruit and vegetables, which can then be used for watering plants

7. Choose the correct pot size for cooking and use the lid when cooking to reduce the amount of water lost through evaporation, so you don’t have to keep adding more in

8. Check for leaks. Is there a sound of running water from your toilet cistern, or a very drippy tap? Repairing leaks can save up to 19,000 litres of water a year

9. Scraping dirty dishes instead of rinsing them before washing can save up to 8 litres per minute

10. Avoid using running water to thaw frozen foods and you can save up to 8 litres per minute