Energy Diet

We have been taught to save water ever since we were small children. However, since the water price is low and the supply is ample in most eastern Chinese cities, many people are not so conscious about water-saving. Certainly, that’s just what I have seen. Educated young people seem more careful about water-saving, for example in our university; most students don’t waste water much, but in most cases also don’t try to save it.

Now, I’ll talk about how it’s going on in our dorm. In my dorm, we have an ample water supply, but it’s still a concern for me to use water appropriately to reduce waste. In our campus life, there’s nothing that uses water more than taking a shower. However, we don’t have private bathrooms; instead, we have access to a school-managed public bathroom.

When we go to take a shower, we take a card with us on which we have deposited money. The fee is charged according to the time when the shower nozzle is on. Since it’s not free, most of us are more conscious of how much water we are consuming. When I take a shower, I don’t always keep the shower nozzle on, and make the whole process as fast as I can.

Besides this, I also recycle water in my own dorm. In China we have a habit of washing our feet in hot water every night, which we think is helpful to make us relaxed and keep healthy. Before going to bed, I wash my face and save the water to wash my feet. Whenever I go to the public washrooms, I turn off the taps that are not turned off tightly enough to stop the water from dripping. Since I’m living in a dorm, I can’t change the toilet for a more water-saving one. What I can do is just press the button more slightly so less water is pushing out, and that really helps.


  1. Mark Griffioen
    South Africa
    July 7, 2011, 3:16 am

    Swiping your card so that you can get water is such a smart idea. I’m going to share this with some of my mates. Thanks

  2. Chad Lipton
    July 7, 2011, 3:09 pm

    You mentioned toilets, so I’m sharing an innovative idea to save on toilet water:

  3. water management
    July 14, 2011, 6:36 am

    Thanks for the post.Everyone should be aware of water saving tips.