Save water in the home
Tips on how to avoid wasting water in the kitchen and bathroom.
In the kitchen
- Wash vegetables and fruit in a bowl rather than under a running tap, then use the leftover water for watering house plants.
- When you boil water in cookware and kettles, use the minimum amount of water - that way, you'll save energy as well as water.
- Try keeping a bottle of water in the fridge instead of running taps until the water runs cold.
- Wait until you have a full load before switching on the dishwater or washing machine. Did you know 'half-load' programmes use more than half the water and energy of a full load?
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In the bathroom
Don't leave the tap running while you brush your teeth, shave or wash your hands. This can waste up to six litres of water per minute.
Showers use about nine litres of water per minute. A five minute shower uses about a third of the water of a bath. But remember that power showers can use more water than a bath in less than five minutes. Taking a quicker shower could give you an extra few minutes in bed or you could leave for work a bit earlier and miss the traffic.
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Old toilet cisterns can use as much as nine litres of clean water every flush. Reduce this by placing a 'save-a-flush' or 'hippo' in the cistern. These are often available free of charge from your local water company.
Using your toilet as a bin wastes flushes - think before you flush.
Dripping taps can waste up to 15 litres of water a day. Replace worn tap washers for a quick and cheap way of saving water.
Burst water pipes can cause serious damage as well as waste water. Ensure your water pipes and external taps are lagged in time for the cold winter months.
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