It’s that time of year again when we all vow to become better versions of ourselves. Everyone has a New Years’ Resolutions, and whether it’s to exercise more or snag a new job, the beginning of the year is always about fresh starts. Many people begin the new year vowing to drink more water, but studies show that about 75% of the U.S. population fails at that every year.
Water resolutions—like new year resolutions—are commitments you make not only to consume more water but to use it sustainably too. By changing just a few of your water consumption habits, you can lead a healthier life and protect this valuable resource. Start 2022 off the right way by changing your water habits.
Here are seven water resolutions for 2022
1. Drink More Water
Your body depends on water to function properly. Besides making up 70% of your body, water is vital to organ function. Drinking adequate amounts of water helps your body eliminate waste through sweat, urination, and bowel movements. Additionally, water helps keep you energized, regulates body temperature, and protects joints and sensitive tissues. According to the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, your daily fluid intake should range from 11.5–15.5 cups of water per day. That means it’s time to drink up!
2. No More Plastic
With ¾ of the population dehydrated, water bottles are a remarkable solution to this problem. Plastic bottles, however, create another problem—pollution. Pledge to use reusable water bottles instead of plastic ones to meet your daily hydration needs, and the environment will thank you for it. Approximately 17.6 billion pounds of plastic is dumped into the ocean every year, with an additional 1.3 billion ending up in landfills. Consider that plastic takes 450 years to decompose, and that spells trouble for the environment. Plastic bottles also contain microplastics which are very bad for your health.
3. Practice “Green Cleaning”
Instead of those stinky, toxic chemicals commonly used as cleaning products, consider switching to green cleaning products. Healthier for both you and the environment, green cleaning products are made with all-natural, biodegradable ingredients. Baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice are excellent cleaning agents that won’t harm your health or the environment.
4. Get Smart About Appliances
Using bottleless water coolers and filters is a great way to consume more water in a non-wasteful way, improve your health, and extend the life of your appliances. Unlike traditional water coolers, bottleless water coolers dispense water straight from the main waterline. The water is filtered, purified, and tastes amazing. There are several benefits to using bottleless water coolers including saving water, reducing plastic waste, and saving money. Bottleless water coolers allow you to leave less of a carbon footprint while also ensuring you have quality, great tasting water to keep you hydrated.
5. Don’t Rinse Fruits and Vegetables
Instead of rinsing fruits and vegetables under running water, consider soaking them in a dishpan or large bowl. Brush fruits or vegetables with tougher skin with a small soft brush or rag. Don’t throw the water out, instead use it to water the garden.
6. Reuse Cooking Water
Save your cooking water, as it can be used for a variety of purposes. From watering the lawn and garden to flushing the toilet and mundane washing tasks, cooking water is great water to reuse.
7. Invest in a Greywater System
Greywater systems are an efficient way to recycle water you’ve already used and repurpose it for landscaping. On average, people use 88 gallons of water per day—consequently, much of that water ends up being wasted. Greywater systems allow you to reclaim some of the used water from your home and use it to water or irrigate your lawn or garden.
Austin Business Water Coolers
If you are trying to drink more water, save money, and reduce your carbon footprint this year, a bottleless water cooler is a perfect way to improve office water filtration in Austin and start your year out right. Call Aqua Chill of Austin to discuss your options or visit our website!