Water conservation is something we should all be making a priority, and the good news is that saving water doesn’t have to disrupt your day-to-day routine. Believe it or not, making just a few small changes in the kitchen, bathroom, utility room, and in the garden can not only help you to do your part for the environment, but also help you save money on your annual bills.

Saving Water in the Kitchen

  • Don’t waste tap water when you’re waiting for the temperature to heat up. Instead, capture this water in a container and use it later for rinsing dishes or watering plants.
  • Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to drown your poor veggies! When boiling, ensure there’s just enough water to cover the food – you’ll waste less when straining.
  • There’s no need to power wash your veggies under a fast running tap. It’s better to go ‘old school’ and use a bowl of water and an old-fashioned scrubbing brush.

Saving Water in the Bathroom

  • Install a flow regulator on your shower head. Flow regulators restrict the flow of water through the head, helping you to use less water each and every time you shower.
  • Turn the tap off when you’re brushing your teeth. Research suggests that up to 6 litres of water can be wasted every minute[1] when you leave the tap on unnecessarily.
  • Take a quick shower instead of a bath. A speedy 4 minute shower uses just 32 litres of water[2], compared to an average bath which uses 80 litres of water.

Saving Water in the Utility Room

  • Unless you’re completely out of clean undies, try to wait until the washing machine is full before switching on so that you’re not wasting water when doing the laundry.
  • Have a read of your washing machine’s manual – you’ll be surprised at how many advanced features the newer models have, such as a ‘half-load’ setting for saving water.
  • When replacing or upgrading your washing machine, opt for front-loading machines rather than ‘cool’ American-style top-loaders which use a whopping 40 gallons of water[3].

Saving Water in the Garden

  • Add organic matter to your soil – it will help it maintain moisture so you don’t need to water as often. Kitchen scraps work well, along with leaves, manure, and garden waste.
  • Collect rainwater and water from your drains to water your plants rather than using a hosepipe. Don’t worry about dishwashing soaps and detergents – they’re safe for plants.
  • Ask yourself if your plants really need watering. Dig down about one spade depth into the soil to check for dryness, and keep an eye on the leaves for colour changes.

Although it may not seem like it – particularly with the infamous British weather – the UK struggles more with providing an adequate water supply than many other European countries[4], and water scarcity is a real problem that needs to be addressed. By making some small changes and using water more wisely at home, we can all do our part and make clean water more accessible to everyone.

[1] http://www.waterwise.org.uk/pages/faqs.html

[2] http://www.waterwise.org.uk/news.php/11/showers-vs.-baths-facts-figures-and-misconceptions

[3] http://www.home-water-works.org/indoor-use/clothes-washer

[4] http://www.waterwise.org.uk/pages/water-saving-week-2015.html

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