For Water Saving Week 2022, we’re sharing some top tips to save water in and around your home.
Why is it important to save water?
Even though 70% of the earth is made up of water, it is a precious resource. Many places across the world struggle to have clean water. Climate change, and the more extreme weather that comes with it, means that the water supply is becoming more unpredictable over time.
It’s important to do our part to save water so that we can save some money, and do our bit to help the environment.
There are loads of things that we use water for in our homes that can be reused instead of using new fresh from the tap.
After boiling any food, wait for the water to cool and then water your plants with it. If you’ve been boiling vegetables, you could also use this as a base for a broth for a yummy soup or casserole.
If you have pets, you’ll know you have to change the water quite frequently. Instead of throwing away the water, you could also use this to water your plants.
Being conscious of how much and how often you use water will help you to realise how much can go to waste.
Making sure to turn off the water when you’re not using it is a great first step. When brushing your teeth, keep the water off to save up to 4 minutes of running water every day! The same goes for when you’re shaving, shampooing, or conditioning – turn the water off until you need it again.
Instead of always using the dishwasher, fill the sink with warm soapy water and wash your dishes and cups. Remember to not the tap running. This way, you’ll save electricity and water.
When you need a wash, opt to use the shower instead of the bath. You could try to reduce the length of your showers to under 5 minutes, using the specially curated Shower Playlist by WaterWise on Spotify.
If you’d like to relax in the tub though, try not to fill it all the way. After you’ve finished your bath, you could use some of that water to flush the toilet.
Try to plant drought resistant plants so that they can withstand the heat of summer and the drier months without having to increase your water bill. Grass is very drought resistant, so don’t worry about watering your grass. It will grow back and become green once it rains again!
When watering your plants, try to reuse water as much as possible. If you don’t have any reusable water, water your plants using a watering can or water butt instead of using the hose.