Tuesday September 11, 2018
- Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that leaving the tap on while scrubbing those pearly whites is wasting water, so why do it? Figures based on the average person brushing their teeth twice a day for 2 minutes show that over 24 litres of water could be wasted on a daily basis. So, bear that in mind the next time you reach for your toothbrush.
- Choose a low-temperature washing cycle
Next time you’re shopping, look out for detergents that perform well on low temperatures. This means that you’ll be able to wash your clothes on a quick cycle, low-temperature cycle, or eco cycle, which will save water but not compromise on results.
- Turn the tap off when washing your hands.
Don't waste water when you're washing your hands. All you need to do is splash them with water to lather up the soap and then turn the tap on when you’re ready to rinse it off.
- Fill up your dishwasher and washing machine
It may be tempting to do a half-load when you only have a few bits to wash, but you’re wasting a lot of water by doing so. Try and only use these washers when they are full.
- Only use the water you need to wash your dishes
Instead of leaving the tap running while you are washing your dishes, fill up the sink or a plastic bowl with hot water and use that instead.
- Re-use your dishwater
This is known as ‘grey’ water and can be used to water your plants and grass. A lot of soils these days are quite good at filtering out soap, but it’s still wise to go easy on the amount of detergent you use.
- Don’t over-flush your loo
Most modern toilets have the option to use a half or full flush. Unless it’s absolutely necessary to do a full flush, always opt for the half flush when you visit the lavvy.
- Buy a water-butt
Water butts collect rainwater which is filtered down through your guttering. This rainwater can then be used to water your plants or lawn or used for washing items in your garden, such as your patio.
- Shower less frequently
We’re not saying that you should compromise on hygiene, but do you need to shower as much as you do or for as long as you do? Research by Energy Saving Trust has shown that showering now accounts for the biggest single use of water in the home. So, next time you step foot in the shower, think about the amount of water you’re using, the impact on the environment and your wallet.
- Only boil the water you need
Why fill your kettle to the max if you’re only intending on making a cup of tea? You’ll only throw away the water which is wasteful and it’s costing you money.