By washing a full machine load of clothes, you will be using less water and energy than 2 half-loads. This means that you’ll be lowering your bills as well!
4. Eat less meat
A staggering amount of water is used to rear animals for meat and dairy. So by cutting down on the amount of meat you eat, you will be cutting down on your water use drastically.
5. Reduce food waste
A large quantity of water is used in other food production processes as well. BUT over 7 million tonnes of food and drink that can be consumed is thrown away in UK household bins every year! By planning out your meals and knowing what to buy in stores in a great way to eat what you have and to greatly reduce food waste and water.
- Check use-by dates to know how long you can keep food for
- Use leftovers to create new meals. This simple idea will help reduce food waste and can also save the average household £480 a year.
8. Fill a jug with cold tap water
Place this in your fridge afterwards. This means that you don’t need to leave the cold tap running for the water to run cold before you fill your glass. Also, if you want to be more efficient, invest in a Zip Water tap that will allow you to gain access to cold and hot water in an instant!
9. Collect rainwater
Using a hosepipe can use as much as 1,000 litres of water an hour! So by installing water butts will save you turning on the tap to water the garden. Also, by watering plants manually instead of using automatic sprinklers will cut water use by 33%! And by adding bark chippings and compost to your much loved plants, watering in the early morning and late afternoon will reduce evaporation and save water!
10. Install a water meter
A water meter will tell you exactly how much water you are using and it will itemise it for you. Thus this will allow you to pay a fair amount to your utility provider. And it is a great incentive to waste less water!
For more information check out these links:
Thames Water -Order your free devices here! (I got my 4-minute shower timer from Thames Water)
SO! Start taking into account all of the water you are using every day and how you can minimise it. It literally starts when you wake up to brush your teeth! There are many other ways to reduce water but these are the ones I felt you easily add into your daily routine.
I hope this has helped you in some way to make a difference (and a great way to save money! Just think you can use that money for Christmas presents!)
Let me know below if I’m missed anything or feel free to share your tips! Thank you for reading 🙂
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