Queen of Bar­gains, in­clud­ing how to cut your water us­age

You can re­duce the amount of water you get through each day with th­ese handy tips

Woman's Own - - Contents -

There are great rea­sons to re­duce the amount of water you use – it’s bet­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment and if you’re on a me­ter, it will save you cash, too. Here’s what you need to know: It all adds up You might be sur­prised to learn how much water you can con­serve by mak­ing sim­ple changes to your daily habits. If you turn the tap off while brush­ing your teeth in­stead of leav­ing it run­ning, you could save up to six litres a minute, ac­cord­ing to Friends of the Earth. So a fam­ily of four brush­ing for the rec­om­mended two min­utes twice a day could save over 650 litres per week. A power shower typ­i­cally uses up to 17 litres of water per minute, so if you can shave two min­utes off the aver­age 8-minute­long shower, that’s up to 34 litres saved per shower – or 238 litres a week per per­son if you shower daily.

Go green

If you need to re­place your dish­washer or wash­ing ma­chine, check the ap­pli­ances’ en­ergy ef­fi­ciency la­bels when shop­ping to see how much water each one uses. If you’re not chang­ing your model, make sure you’re us­ing the most water-ef­fi­cient pro­gramme when set­ting it.

And, as the aver­age UK house­hold flushes the loo 5,000 times per year, con­sider in­vest­ing in a mod­ern du­alflush sys­tem. They use around six litres per flush – or four litres when us­ing the re­duced flush, com­pared to 13 litres with old-style toi­lets. Al­ter­na­tively, you can in­vest in a water-sav­ing bag to put in your cis­tern to re­duce the amount per flush, such as Hippo Water Savers (£4.99 for 2 from Ama­zon.co.uk) to cut your us­age.

Gar­den savers

Let na­ture give you a help­ing hand in the gar­den and in­vest in a water butt to col­lect rain­wa­ter to use on plants. Some coun­cils of­fer dis­counts on the water-sav­ing de­vices so check with them be­fore you splash out.

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