Saving water is no laughing matter. It goes towards saving you on your bills, and saving the planet as a whole. Energy and water are precious commodities, and we shouldn’t take them for granted. As such, here’s a list of ten easy ways to help you save water in your home, thereby saving money and the environment:
1) Turn off the tap – Whether it be brushing your teeth, heating the water or washing your car, leaving the tap to run will waste huge amounts of energy. Just turn it off when it’s not in use, like a light bulb.
2) Fill a jug and put it in the fridge. There’s also several water filtering products that will fulfil the same role.
3) Water your garden with a watering can rather than a hosepipe – Hosepipes can use 1,000 litres of water an hour. Furthermore, mulching your plants (with bark chippings, heavy compost or straw) and watering in the early morning and late afternoon will reduce evaporation and also save water.
4) Take a shorter shower. Shower can use anything between 6 and 45 litres per minute, and as such longer showers waste more water, especially when you could already be clean.
5) Place a cistern displacement device in your toilet to reduce the volume of water in each flush. You can get one of these from your water provider. Furthermore, place a large object in the water tank behind your loo to save on the amount of water kept there.
6) Don’t wash unnecessarily – This is mainly for clothes (put in a full load, rather than several loads throughout the week) but can equally mean people too!
7) Don’t make a mess – Water is a universal cleaning agent, so the less mess you leave behind the less water you use too.