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How to save water: every drop counts

Did you know that less than 3% of the Earth’s water is fresh water? It’s the most important natural resource we have and we need to stop wasting it. That’s why it’s essential that we learn from an early age to use water responsibly, and why we want to share some useful tips for easy ways to help us all save water at home. By making a few small changes (you don’t even need to leave your house!) you can help preserve the environment — and save money on your bills too!

Water-saving taps

You can start by replacing all of the taps in your home with ones that waste less water. How is that possible? At IKEA, we have kitchen taps that reduce water consumption by up to 30% and bath taps that reduce it by up to 40%. We have also improved the energy efficiency of many of our dishwashers and washing machines, to further reduce your water consumption.

Accessories to help you waste less water in the kitchen

Washing dishes by hand every day is one of the household chores that wastes the most water. Instead of leaving the tap running, try using our GRUNDVATTNET sink accessories.
These accessories enable you to wash and prepare your food with much less water and, when you’re done, you can simply stack them until the next time you need them.

Tips for saving water at home

We stock lots of products that can help you reduce your water bill while creating a more sustainable world, but there are some things that only you can do. You — and everyone else. With a few new good habits, some simple changes and increased awareness and education, saving this precious resource can become part of our daily lives. Here are a few very simple tips that will make it easy to save water at home!

Reuse water

Why not keep the water that you use to wash your vegetables and use it to water your plants?

When’s the best time to water your plants?

Early morning or evening, avoiding the hotter hours in the middle of the day when water evaporates and is therefore wasted.

Take a shower instead of a bath

And make it short! If you spend longer than 15 minutes in the shower, you’ll use 150 litres of water — more than you would if you took a bath.

Education for a more sustainable world

It’s vital that we learn good habits from an early age. That way, as we grow, they will form part of our daily routine. If you have children, teach them the importance of saving water, not playing with it, and turning off the tap when they’re not using it. And, if you practise what you preach, it will be much easier for them to copy your sustainable home habits.