how to save water

How to save water

Handy tips

  • Tip 1

    1 Turn off the tap Simply turning off the tap while brushing your teeth, washing your hands or shaving can save over 6 litres of water every minute!

  • Tip 10

    2 Let the ‘yellow mellow’ Toilet flushing is one of the biggest water users in most homes. Consider only flushing the toilet when you really need to. Adding a toilet cistern bag to your cistern will reduce the amount of water used in every flush.

  • Tip 2

    3 Take shorter showers Why not challenge yourself and your family to shower one minute quicker? In a year you could save up to 10,000 litres of water!

  • Tip 3

    4 Take a shower instead of a bath One bath can use up to 100 litres of water, whereas an efficient shower uses under 50 litres. But remember power showers can use more water than baths.

  • Tip 4

    5 Use a bowl for washing vegetables A running kitchen tap can use up to 20 litres of water every minute. You can reduce water waste by using a bowl to wash and prepare your vegetables. Then you can use the water to rinse your recycling.

  • Tip 5

    6 Make full use of your washing machine Half load programmes on washing machines use more than half the water and energy of a full load, so wait until the machine is full before switching it on.

  • Tip 6

    7 Lawns are great survivors Even when they look dry and brown, they’ll spring back with the first heavy rain, so to avoid watering them wherever possible. Collect rainwater in a waterbutt. The water can then be used to water your lawn and plants when a dry spell hits. Click here to make you own mini waterbutt.

  • Tip 7

    8 Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth A running tap can use six litres of water per minute.

  • Tip 8

    9 Fix leaking taps A dripping tap can waste more than 60 litres of water per week.

  • Tip 9

    10 Keep a jug of water in the fridge Planning ahead means there is no need to run the water until it gets cold.

  • Tip 10

    11 Fill the kettle with only as much water as you need This will save water and energy.

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