Up to 50 opportunities per day to help? Simply following half of these Top Ten Tips can save over 100 litres of water per day!
If the average person uses the toilet between 6 -10 times per day1, washes twice per day and brushes their teeth twice per day, this means a total bathroom use of up to 50 visits per day! 50 visits per day means a huge amount of opportunities where you can save water, and therefore money. Implementing just some of the following tips can ensure your part in the fight to save our most precious resource.
- Where possible, take showers rather than baths (as these use up to 3 times more water.) Replacing just 1 bath with a shower saves up to 25 litres of water. Remember to check, as some power showers can use more water than a bath.
- Always turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. This could save each person up to 10 litres of water per day.
- Put all the following items in the dustbin; sanitary wear, condoms, cotton buds, cigarette ends and plastic wrapping. Sanitary items can take up to 4 months to biodegrade and plastic wrappings do not biodegrade at all!
- Don’t pour chlorine bleach down the toilet. This can cause gases and pollutes water, resulting in massive water loss.
- Put a bucket in the shower while you’re waiting for the water to warm up. Use the water you catch for watering plants, flushing the toilet or cleaning.
- Check your toilet for leaks: put a dye or a food colouring into the tank. You can tell if there’s a leak that should be repaired if the colour appears in the bowl.
- Replace your taps’ worn washers to prevent dripping. One drip per second can lose 14 litres of water, per day! *When replacing taps, fit water saving taps www.tapmagic.co.uk have a great range to save up to 70% of water usage.
- Want to go that extra mile? Excellent! Fit your toilet cistern with a recognised water saving device. Most water companies provide them for free. This can save up to 4.5 litres of water per flush.
- Unable to replace your higher volume toilet? Simply place a plastic bottle (filled with water) in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water used per flush
- Are you thinking of re-fitting your bathroom? Choose an eco-flush toilet instead. This can save up to 60% of water used.
Sources:www.bladderandbowelfoundation.org Nov 2015 www.gracelinks.org Nov 2015
A saving of over £15,000 in your lifetime? By employing some of these Top Ten Tips you save money, time and the World’s water.
It is said that Britons spend up to £30,000 on their gardens, in their lifetime.1 As well as spending a substantial amount of money, this takes a huge investment of time and water. The tips below have been collected to help you know how to cut down on time, money and water.
- Cut your grass less! Lawns can survive long periods of dry weather if the grass is not cut too short. (Even if your grass turns brown, it will recover quickly after a few days of rain.)
- Water your garden in the cool of the morning (or evening.) Water thoroughly and infrequently. This will reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation, and little and often encourages roots to stay near the surface.
- Fit a trigger nozzle to help control the flow, if you must use a hosepipe. This could halve the amount of water wasted.
- Use a Water Butt to collect rain water. This water can then be used to water the garden. By ignoring the hose, you can save up to 15 litres of water per minute.
- Plant flowers and shrubs that survive in hot climates, thereby needing less watering. Some examples are thyme, evening primrose, rock rose, Californian poppy, pinks, lavender, buddleia and hebes.
- Leave plants alone until they show signs of wilting. Watering too often wastes water and the roots remain shallow which ultimately weakens the plant.
- Use mulches such as wood chips, barks and gravel help to prevent water evaporation. They also suppress weed growth, saving you water and time!
- Weed and hoe your garden regularly. This ensures that watering helps plants, not those nasty weeds!
- Fit a water metre if you use a sprinkler. Water companies recommend this to cut down on water usage: sprinklers can use as much in an hour as a family of four uses in a day.
- Try to plant ground cover plants. This prevents evaporation from the soil.
Sources:www.independent.co.uk Nov 2015
The heart of the home is vital in saving our most precious resource. A simple shift in habits can save water and give us that helpful glow.
Kitchens are the heart of most homes and a huge proportion of our time is spent in them. Your time in the kitchen can, therefore, be critical in the fight to save water. By merely effecting 5 of our Top Ten Tips you can save up to 50% water and help provide more nutrition too.
- Try to only wash a full load, in your dishwasher, to save energy and water. If you must put a half load on, switch to economy or half load to continue to help.
- A running tap uses a huge amount of water so use a bowl when washing dishes or vegetables. Using a bowl can save up to 10 litres of water every time. The leftover water can be used to water houseplants or the garden.
- Fill up a jug of water for the fridge to chill. This can save litres by not running the tap until it is cold.
- Don’t use water to defrost frozen foods. Instead, plan ahead and leave them in the fridge overnight.
- Minimise the water when cooking vegetables. You only need enough water to just cover the level of your veg, pasta or potatoes. Bonus: with less water you keep more of the natural nutrients and flavour in your food.
- Use a steamer that fits over a pan. This way you can simply place over a boiling pan to save up to 50% of water.
- Always drink tap water over bottled where you can – it takes about 1.5 gallons of water to manufacture a single plastic bottle and plastic bottles are always made from new plastic material.
- Install a low-flow tap on your sink. Conventional taps only flow at around 5 gallons per minutes, in comparison to the 1.5 gallons per minute of low-flow taps.
- Using low phosphate detergents. Phosphates cause algae blooms which remove oxygen from water (potentially killing fish and organisms.) Look for alternatives containing zeolites and citrate.
- Learn more about ENERGY STAR water- and energy-efficient dishwashers. These can save up to 30% water.
Sources: www.energy.gov.uk Nov 2015 www.charitywater.co.uk Nov 2015