Did you know the average person in the UK uses 150 litres of water a day? This takes into account cooking, cleaning, washing and flushing. By making small lifestyle changes you can reduce water waste. The key to water efficiency is reducing waste, not restricting use. Here are some simple ways to be more water-efficient.
Gleaming gnashers – Turn off the tap while brushing teeth. A running tap can waste over six litres per minute. If everyone in England and Wales did this, we could save 180 mega litres a day – enough to supply nearly 500,000 homes.
Feeling flush – If you don’t have a dual-flush loo then popping a “water hippo” or other device into the toilet cistern can save water. Give your water company a ring. They offer such devices for free.
Don’t be a drip – A dripping tap wastes at least 5,500 litres of water or £18 a year – enough to fill a paddling pool every week all summer.
Wishy washy – Wash only full loads to save water and electricity. Make sure you look at the instructions for your washing machine to see how much water different cycles use, and choose ‘green’ options if you can.
Shower sharpish – Take a short shower instead of a bath. A bath tends to use about 80 litres of water but a shower uses only a third of that. Time yourself to see how long you take.
Use your bottle – Encourage your family to fill a plastic bottle with water and put it in the fridge so that when you want a cold glass of water, you can simply open the fridge rather than run the tap until the water is cold.
Be clever with veg – By washing your fruit and veg in a bowl rather than under a tap, you could cut down on water waste. Don’t forget to use the leftover water to feed your houseplants.
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