How to Save Water in the Home

Here are some useful household tips that will help you to save water and make your home more water efficient!

 

Bathroom

It may sound like an obvious thing but just turning off the tap whilst you’re cleaning your teeth can save as much as 6 litres of water a minute. That’s an incredible amount of wasted water that can easily be saved.

 

If you’re thinking of changing your bathroom suite, selecting a toilet that comes with a dual flush button can save between 7 and 9 litres of water per flush.

 

Reduce the number of times that you flush the toilet by putting items like cotton buds and dental floss into a bin rather than flushing them down the toilet.

 

Try and cut down the amount of time that you spend in the shower which can save between 6 and 45 litres of water per minute. Likewise when you have a bath, there is no need to fill the bathtub to the brim; simply used enough water to cover you.

 

A full dishwasher

Photo taken from Piotrus on http://commons.wikimedia.org/

Kitchen

Try to only use appliances such as your dishwasher and washing machine when you have full loads rather than switching them on when they are half full.

 

Filling a jug or bottle with water and chilling it in the fridge is a more water conscious way of drinking a cold drink rather than running a tap until its cold and filling a glass this way. This can save anything up to 10 litres of water a day.

 

Bathroom/Kitchen

You’d be amazed at how much water is lost per day through a leaking/dripping tap: it can be anything up to 15 litres of water per day! Fixing leaking taps can save water and save money of your water bills if you’re on a water meter.

 

Water your plants using a watering can instead of a hosepipe

Photo taken from Chiot’s Run from Flickr.com.

Garden

Water your garden using a watering can rather than a hosepipe. Water hungry hosepipes can use up to a staggering 1000 litres of water per hour!

 

Watering plants early on in the morning and in the late afternoon rather than during the day means they don’t lose as much water through evaporation and therefore need less water.

  

Sources:

http://www.waterwise.org.uk/pages/water-saving-advice-and-tips.html

http://www.edenproject.com/whats-it-all-about/climate-and-environment/sustainability-at-eden/10-tips-on-saving-water-at-home
By Action 21 volunteer Amy Shepherd