Reducing your water usage with some of the following tips will save you money if you’re on a water meter – or just help the environment if you’re not:
- A quick shower uses far less than a bath
- When washing up dishes, don’t leave a tap running. If you want to rinse items, wash several and then rinse together.
- Don’t use a dish washer – they will always use more water than washing up with a bowl.
- When it is time to replace your existing washing machine find a water efficient machine. An inefficient machine will use about 60 litres per wash as against and efficient one which will use about half that.
- Turn the tap off when you clean your teeth
- Take a 1 or 2 litre water bottle, fill it and put it in the toilet cistern – then you will use 1 or 2 litres less each time you flush.
- Assuming you have a garden that needs watering from time to time, then by far the best thing you can do is buy a water butt and connect it to a house or shed downpipe.
- Recycling ‘Grey’ water generally involves considerable expensive (i e connected to a toilet system etc) but if you are prepared for a long pay-back then you might consider this option
- Mulch your garden plants (ie cover with leaves, wood chippings or some other natural materials) as this reduces the need to water
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