Week 7 - Saving water in the house
After a long wet winter it might not seem necessary to save water but there are three good reasons why you should:
- Keeping water levels high in lakes and rivers is good for local wildlife.
- Water takes energy to be treated.
- It can save you money - and that saved money could be put to good environmental use. Perhaps you could then buy a bit more organic food or when something needs replacing by a more energy efficient one even if it is a touch more pricey.
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7 ways to save water around the house
1. Don't leave taps runningWhen brushing your teeth don't leave the tap running and when washing up in the sink don't leave the tap running for rinsing plates. Clean veggies in a bowl of water, not under a running tap.
2. Take a shower not a bathTurn the shower power down whilst soaping up and increase to rinse. Install a water efficient shower head.
3. Make sure your washing machine and dishwasher are run full... but not so full they don't wash properly and you have to run them again. Run them on the shortest cycle possible.
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4. Install a water meterRecord your daily water use and work out where you are using most water and look at ways to reduce it.
5. Fix any dripping taps or leaking pipesAt a rough calculation if your tap is dripping once a second you will waste 21 litres of water a day. Over time that really adds up and you are literally throwing money down the drain. The same goes for leaking toilets so do also check your cistern regularly.
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6. Keep a jug of water in the fridgeNext time you want an ice cold glass of water there is no need to run the tap to get it, just head to the fridge.
7. If your toilet needs replacing go for a dual flushContinental toilets have been dual flush for a long time and these are gradually becoming more common elsewhere and save a considerable amount of water when you are only flushing away a wee.
There are many more to save water. I will do a post later on saving water in the garden but in the meantime if you want to find more ideas, search "ways to save water" online and let's reduce how much of this precious resource we use. You pocket will thank you if you are on a meter and wildlife will thank you whatever!