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Water saving tips

This year we saw the driest May ever, so do try to save water if you can. Here are a few hints and tips:

In the kitchen
Fully load your washing machine and dishwasher and use the eco-setting where possible to save water and energy.

Don’t leave the tap running when you are washing dishes or cleaning fruit and vegetables. A tap uses almost six litres of water a minute.

Remember to wash your dishes in a basin instead of under a running tap or use a dishwasher to help save not only water but energy too!

Use water that usually gets wasted, and always think when you pour any water down the drain whether you could use that water in the garden. For example keep a jug next to the kitchen tap to collect any water that you run when waiting for the tap to heat up. Or collect water used from cooking to water plants in the garden (once it has cooled!).

In the bathroom
Choose to take a shower rather than a bath. As long as you keep it short you will save water. Put on your favourite four minute song and try to shower before the song ends. Try turning the water off in between washing your body, shampooing and conditioning.

Avoid shaving or washing your teeth with the shower or tap running.

Check for leaks. Did you know between 5-8% of toilets are leaking? To check to see if yours has a leak put a bit of food colouring in the cistern before you go to bed and check to see if your toilet bowl water has changed colour in the morning. If it has, you know you’ve got a leak. Make note to get this repaired when we are out of isolation.

Outside
If you have a garden, grow drought resistant plants like lavender and agapanthus for more information see the Gardeners World websiteUse a watering can instead of a hose – a hosepipe can use up to 1000 litres of water an hour! You can also collect rainwater in a water butt. It’s better for plants and is great for the environment.  Severn Trent are currently subsidising these.

Make the most of the fact you’re not driving as much and don’t wash the car.