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Saving Water in the Home
By thinking carefully about your water use in the home and changing some water-wasting habits, it is easy to save water.
  • Vegetables and fruit should be washed in a bowl rather than under a running tap and the leftover water can be used for watering house plants.
  • Use the minimum amount of water required when you boil water in saucepans and kettles; that way, you’ll save energy as well as water.
  • Try keeping a bottle or jug of water in the fridge instead of running taps until the water runs cold.
  • Half-load programmes on dishwashers and washing machines use more than half the water and energy of a full load. Therefore, wait until you have a full load before switching the machine on.
  • Try not to leave the tap running while you brush your teeth, shave or wash your hands, as this can waste up to 5 litres of water per minute.
  • A 5-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 5 minutes.
  • Old toilet cisterns can use as much as 9 litres of clean water every flush. Reduce this by placing a ‘save-a-flush’ or ‘hippo’ in the cistern.
  • Cotton wool and tissues should be put in a waste bin rather than flushed down the toilet.
  • Dripping taps can waste up to 4 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.
Dripping Tap
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