Last week I mentioned that we are looking at the water consumption in our home and how we can sustain our water supply. In the past week we have fixed a leaky tap in both the kitchen and the bathroom, changed the pipe work in our home to collect all bath, sink and washing machine water to use over our garden and clean pathways. (We can use this water ok over our garden as we don’t use any chemicals to wash with or clean our clothes with. For more information please check out 18 uses for Dr Bronners castile soap and The wonders of soap nuts)
I have also been talking to lots of people onGoogle+ and Twitter about all the things we can do as a society to change our water habits and not only save water but money too and during these conversations I have found these to be my 10 top tips.
- Water companies really want you to save water and money and offer handy gadgets for free that you can easily install in your home.
- If someone in your family is in receipt of certain government benefits or you have 3 or more children under the age of 19 in full time education. You could qualify for the WaterSure scheme.
- Leave lawn clippings on your grass, this cools the ground and holds in moisture.
- Cook food in as little water as possible as this helps your food retain more nutrients and saves water.
- Wash your pets outdoors, in an area of your lawn that needs water.
- When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather.
- Scrape dishes off in the bin rather than rinsing them before washing.
- Don’t use running water to thaw food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the refrigerator.
- Select the proper saucepan size for cooking as using larger saucepans than you need require more cooking water than necessary.
- Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy as well as helping your clothes retain their color.
Do you have any great water saving tips we can use in our home?