10 tips for saving water in the home

By on September 2, 2014

1. Keep a jug of water in the fridge, rather than running tap every time for a glass of water.

2. Use a basin to rinse/clean your fruit and vegetables

3. When washing your car, use a bucket of water, not a hose

A hose uses more water in one hour than the average family uses in a day. The car will be just as clean using a bucket of water. Always use a bucket and sponge to clean windows or wash your car instead of a hose.

4. Don’t flush it all away

A third of all the water used in the house is flushed down the toilet. Some larger toilet cisterns can continue to work effectively with a smaller flush. 

Place a displacement device such as a plastic bottle filled with water into the cistern.

5. Be leak free

Check that your home is leak free. Check for running overflows and fix any dripping taps, cisterns or pipes. 

6. Only run your washing machine and dishwasher when they are full

A washing machine on full cycle uses up to 65 litres of water; dishwashers 20 litres. Only use your appliances when they’re full. You’ll conserve water and save money by reducing your energy bill.

7. Don’t leave the tap running while brushing your teeth

Turning the tap off when brushing your teeth can save over 7,000 litres of water per year.

8. In the shower – Reduce the time you spend in the shower. A regular shower will use about 35 litres of water in 5 mins. But beware a power shower will use over 125 litres in the same time.

9. Hot Drinks – Fill the kettle with enough water for your needs. You will save energy too!

10. Spot those leaks

Regularly check your outdoor taps, pipes and plumbing fixtures for leaks.

Source:
www.tapstips.ie


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