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The A to Z Of Water Saving Tips


dripping tap could waste up to 90 litres of water a week

rushing your teeth whilst the tap is running can waste almost 9 litres of water a minute – why not rinse your toothbrush in a tumbler of water instead

C ool water kept in the fridge gets around the need to run your tap for ages to get a cold drink

D on’t use your washing machine until you have a full load – an average wash uses 95 litres of water!

E very time you boil an egg save the cooled water for your houseplants  – your plants will benefit from the nutrients released from the shell     

F it a water saving device in your toilet cistern and you’ll be saving up to 3 litres of water when you flush

G row your grass a little longer – your lawn will stay green longer and will need less watering

H oeing actually stimulates the growth of plants, reduces water loss from the soil surface and removes weeds that take up valuable water and nutrients

I nstall a water meter and you can save water and money by monitoring how much water you use

J ust taking a five minute shower every day, instead of a bath, will use a third less water – saving up to 400 litres a week

K ettles should be filled with enough water for your needs – rather than filling to the brim – this will reduce your fuel bills as well

L ag your pipes to avoid bursts and when the weather is cold leave your heating on a low setting to prevent pipes freezing

M ulch in your garden keeps the sun off the soil and helps retain precious moisture

N o further watering is usually required for established trees and shrubs

O nce a week is all the watering your lawn needs even on the hottest days. Over-watering can weaken your lawn by encouraging roots to seek the surface

P urchasing a water butt will help you to collect rainwater for use in your garden – did you know that by using a water butt you can collect about 85,000 litres of rain water from your roof every year

Q uestion your local garden centre about the water requirements if different plants – some thrive in drier conditions

R eplacing a toilet cistern can save water – toilets manufactured after 1993 use less water per flush

S prinklers can be wasteful – it doesn’t take long for a sprinkler to soak your lawn thoroughly – a sprinkler can use as much water in an hour as a family of four use in a day!

T rigger nozzles can save water by using it only when needed – this can save you up to 225 litres of water a week

U se the dirty water when cleaning a fish tank on your houseplants – water from your fish tank will be rich in nitrogen and phosphorus, providing an excellent fertiliser

V ery ‘water efficient’ washing machines and dishwashers are now available – look for those with an A rating you’ll find that they also save on energy

W ater your garden at the coolest part of the day to reduce evaporation

X eriscape means ‘to landscape for water conservation’. The idea is to use plants that require less water – you can also use objects for decorative effect such as rocks, bricks, benches and gravel

Y ou can use less water by turning the hot tap down, rather than the cold tap up, if you need cooler water

Z the end of the alphabet but not the end of water saving ideas don’t use your washing machine until you have a full load – an average wash uses 95 litres of water!
Cool water kept in the fridge gets around the need to run your tap for ages to get a cold drink !

Information Courtesy Of BBC News & Thames Water’s Waterwise Campaign  

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