In the next 50 years there won’t be enough water for the world’s population if we carry on using it how we currently do. So it’s important that you make some changes to your lifestyle now starting at home. Here we list 26 water saving tips, in alphabetical order, to make it easy for you to remember them when you need to.
Approximately 90 litres of water per week will be wasted for each leaking tap you have.
Brushing your teeth with the tap off will save up to 9 litres of water per minute. It is also a good idea to use a glass to rinse out.
Collect any water that has been leftover from your household chores and water your plants with it.
Double the amount of water will be used if you don’t fill your washing machine.
Egg shells are full of nutrients and make great plant food. Leave the water from boiling an egg to cool and water your plants with it.
Fridges are great for keeping things cold. If you want a cold drink, keep a pitcher of water in the fridge. Running the tap every time you need a drink will waste water.
Grow your grass a little longer. It requires less watering and stays greener.
Have an accredited water company connect your water. Make sure they are accredited before paying them.
Install a water meter to check how much water you’re using.
Just a daily shower for five minutes, can save as much as 400 litres of water a week, when compared to a bath.
Kettles filled to the top waste more water. Only put in the amount you’re going to use. This will likewise save you cash on your energy bill.
Leave your heating on low when you’re not at home. This will prevent your water pipes from freezing and possibly bursting.
Monitor your water usage to estimate your water bills.
No additional watering is needed for common shrubs and plants.
Over-watering is bad for your grass and will provide ideal grounds for roots to grow. Weekly watering is enough for your lawn, even in the summer.
Place food dye in your toilet tank. If the colour goes into your tank without flushing, then you have a toilet leak.
Query a gardener about different plants and their watering needs.
Replace the cistern in your toilet to save water. Newer toilets use less water than toilets manufactured before 1993.
Sprinklers use the same amount of water in one hour as a family of four uses daily.
Trigger spouts used weekly waste up to 225 litres of water.
Use the dull water from your fish cistern to water your shrubberies. It’s high in phosphor and nitrogen, which is a decent source of fertiliser for your shrubberies.
Very ‘water efficient’ dishwashers and washing machines are now commonly available. Grade ‘A’ products are the most cost-effective.
Weeds take the nutrients and water from plants. Therefore, it is advisable to get rid of them as soon as possible.
Xeriscape will show you how to maintain a good garden with minimal water usage.
You should not turn the cold tap up if the water is too hot. Turn the hop tap down instead.
Z The end of the alphabet but not the end of water saving tips. Tell us some you’ve learned over the years by leaving a comment below.
This piece was written by Brian Madden; Online Marketing Assistant at Crown Utilities.