The world has been observing World Water Day since the United Nations General Assembly declared 22 March ‘World Day for Water’ in 1993. The UN and its member nations dedicate this day to activities that raise awareness of critical water issues and promote the conservation of the world’s water resources. This year’s theme is ‘Water and Energy.’

According to www.unwater.org, “Water and energy are closely interconnected. Choices made and actions taken in one domain can greatly affect the other, positively or negatively. Trade-offs need to be managed to limit negative impacts and foster opportunities for synergy.”

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How to save water and energy:

Following these six practical tips will not just have a positive impact on our environment but are sure to cut down your utility bills too.

  1. Install low-flow fixtures. Replace older toilets with a low-flow toilet to save up to 75% of water use per flush. Replace your current shower head with a low-flow model to save up to 7.5 gallons of water every minute.
  2. Prevent phantom power loss from electronic appliances not in use. Plug everything into a power strip with an on/off switch and turn it off completely to cut power and streamline the process.
  3. Change out your current lights for energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). These use 75% less electricity and produce less heat.
  4. Turn down heat and water heaters when out of town or away from the house for awhile. When you are asleep, at work or on vacation, turn the water heater to the lowest setting or turn it off completely.
  5. Change habits that cause energy and water loss. Turn the faucet off when you are brushing your teeth and fill the sink to wash or rinse dishes instead of letting the water run. Take showers, which use up to 25 gallons in five minutes, instead of baths, which use about 70 gallons. Wash clothing in cold water. Turn the lights off when you leave a room, set your computers to sleep after 15 minutes of inactivity and disable your screen saver, which uses more power than simply letting the screen go blank.
  6. Reduce usage of available energy resources by changing the way you drive. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Turn your car off instead of letting it idle. When driving, avoid accelerating only to brake hard, this can reduce your gas mileage by as much as 40 percent.

Hydration is one of our most basic needs as humans. It is important that we have access to clean and safe drinking water that comes from a source which doesn’t contribute to the depletion of our natural water resources. In a QNET household, one cost-effective and energy efficient way that we can make our drinking water healthier is by turning it into REAL Water – Refined, Energised and ALkalised. Visit www.qnet.net/realwater to know more.

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