How to use less water

If you have a water meter, you can cut your bills by reducing the amount you use. Here are 10 ways to economise.
1. Use a bowl in the sink when washing fruit, vegetables or dishes. You can then use the waste water to water your plants.
2. Fill a jug of water and put it in the fridge for when you want a cool drink.
3. Turn off the tap when you clean your teeth. A running tap uses up to nine liters of water a minute.
4. Wait until you have a full load before using your washing machine or your dishwasher.
5. If possible, take a shower instead of a bath. A five-minute shower uses about 40 liters of water ®C about half the volume of a standard bath. But a power shower can use more water than a bath in less than five minutes.
6. Use a water-saving device in your lavatory cistern. Depending on the size of your cistern, you could save from one to three liters each time you flush the lavatory.
7. Use a watering can in the garden instead of a sprinkler or a hosepipe. Garden sprinklers and hosepipes left running can use between 500 and 1,000 liters of water an hour.
8. Think about fitting a water butt to collect rainwater off your roof. Water butts usually store about 200 liters.
9. Check your property regularly for leaks in your plumbing. Replace worn tap washers for a quick and cheap way of saving water. Ensure your water pipes and external taps are lagged in time for the winter months. If they burst, they will waste a great deal of water.
10. Save water in the garden by collecting rainwater from the roof in a water butt, and give your plants a soaking once a week rather than watering daily. Water your plants in the early mornings or evenings to reduce the amount lost through evaporation.
Even if you do not have a meter, using water wisely and reducing hot water use will cut gas and electricity bills.
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