Domestic Household Tips
Tips for saving water in the household.
In the Bathroom
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving - this saves 6 litres a minute
- Put the plug in the basin when washing
- Put tissues, cotton wool and plastic items in the bin, not the toilet
- Take a shorter shower - each minute saves around 10 litres of water. A bath typically uses 80 litres.
- Hippo bags in toilet cistern
- Check your toilet cistern for leakage. Put food dye in the cistern and see if it leaks down into the bowl.
In the Kitchen
- Fix dripping taps - usually a replacement washer is all thats needed. A dripping tap can waste 15 litres/day.
- Wash clothes and dishes on full loads only
- Reduce your washing machine use by one load a week saves 5,000 litres in a year
- Keep a jug of water in the fridge for a cool drink
- Wash vegetables in a bowl instead of under a running tap
- Rinse containers for recycling with the water left after washing up
In the Garden
- Fit a water butt to catch rainwater - from your house, shed or greenhouse
- Choose the right plants for the garden - drought tolerant species for sunny areas
- Water plants in the early morning or evening to minimise evaporation
- Cut your grass less frequently
- Lag external taps to prevent freezing and bursts
- Container based plants require more watering. Minimise evaporation with water-retaining crystals in the soil and mulch on top. Place a container underneath to capture wasted water.
- Compost provides valuable nutrients and encourages drainage, whilst keeping the soil moist. Wash your car using a bucket and sponge, rinsing off the suds with a watering can. Just 30 minutes with a hosepipe will use more water than the average family uses in a day
- Watch out for leaks. Damp patches or lush vegetation in dry periods may be caused by a leaking pipe or fitting