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Did you know? We use more water in the South East region than almost anywhere else in the UK!

Water is a precious resource and we all need to work together to make sure there’s enough water for each other and the environment, now and in the future.

There are some simple changes that could help save water.

 

Handy tips to get cleaning for Spring

Spring is in the air and with the arrival of longer evenings, warmer weather, and the joys of nature, it also creates the perfect opportunity for a touch of home and garden cleaning and decluttering.

Here are a few things you can do to start getting your home and outdoor spaces ready to enjoy, without wasting water.

  • Indoors
    • Save water whilst washing-up: Did you know using a dishwasher uses less water than washing by hand? Sometimes, your dishwasher needs a helping hand, so to keep your dishes even more sparkly, give the filters and seals a quick clean to make sure your dishwasher stays fresh.
    • De-grime the microwave: Clean out the microwave with vinegar rather than soap and water. Fill a mug ¾ full with 2 parts vinegar to 1 part water. Put it in the microwave on full power for around 2 ½ minutes and allow the vinegar steam vapour to coat the microwave surfaces. You may need to heat for longer with lower powered ovens. Wipe down the inside of the microwave with a microfibre cloth. This will use less water, clean deeper and avoid nasty chemicals.
    • Kitchen surfaces: Freshen and de-stain the chopping board with sprinkled salt using ½ a lemon as a scouring pad and use less water to get the job done. This will also work on other kitchen surfaces like the shelves in the fridge.
    • Keep shower glass shiny: You can use the other half of the lemon and vinegar to clean the shower glass.
    • Get your bathroom sparkling with white vinegar and baking soda: Mixing two parts vinegar to one part baking soda foams up to create a powerful cleaning solution without using water. Once you’ve got the toilet sparking clean, consider putting a displacement device in your toilet cistern, like a buffaloo or hippo bag. This will help save water each flush by over a litre.
  • Outdoors
    • Entranceway: A hose can use up 150 litres of water in 15mins. Instead of water use a firm broom to sweep the porch and driveway.
    • Window cleaning: Use rainwater collected in a bucket or water from a water butt to clean the outside windows.
    • Plants: Prune or cut back plants that need it now (early Spring) such as clematis, as this will help the plant grow back new Spring foliage which require less water. Guidance can be found on the RHS website for specific plant care www.rhs.org.uk/pruning
    • Lawns: If you have a traditional lawn, mow it on a long cut with the blades set high to help promote growth and support it to retain more water.
    • Car washing: If you wash your car with a bucket and sponge, re-use the water afterwards by pouring the bucket out on the garden and flower beds. Alternatively, you could try a waterless car wash solution and microfibre cloth to brighten up those panels.

Handy water saving tips

Here’s some easy ways to save water that fit into your lifestyle.

  • In the bathroom
    • Shorten your shower – showers use between 5 -15 litres per minute depending on your shower. Aim for a 4 minute shower. Free timers are available to order as well a water saving shower heads.
    • Don’t overfill the bath – a full bath uses around 80 litres of water why not see if you can even reduce this by an inch
    • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, and save over 6,500 litres of water a year and encourage others in your household to do the same
    • Whenever you can, use the half flush button if you have a dual flush toilet
    • A Save a Flush device can save 1.2 litres per flush, saving up to 5,000 litres a year. This is simply placed into the cistern on any lever handled toilets.
  • In the kitchen
    • Save water and electricity by only boiling enough water for your immediate use
    • Use a bowl to wash dishes or vegetables
    • Fix dripping taps. You could save over 5,500 litres of water a year. If you need to find an approved plumber visit www.watersafe.org.uk
    • If you are buying a new appliance look at the Eco-label for water and energy consumption
    • Only run your washing machine and dishwasher with a full load – this uses less water than two half loads.
    • Use washing up water to rinse your recyclables instead of clean water.
  • In the garden

    Here are some more top tips to help you become a water efficient gardener:

    • Hang up your hose – this uses as much water in an hour as the average family of 4 uses in a day and a half. Or use a trigger hose so you can control when water is released.
    • Water your plants using a watering can, either early in the morning or during the evening when it is cooler and there is less chance of water evaporating
    • A water butt is a great way to collect rainwater, you can use it to water your garden or wash the car
    • Wash your car with a bucket and sponge, which uses much less water than a hosepipe.
    Lawn
    • Cut the grass slightly longer in dry periods to allow the dew to be trapped. Leave the lawn cuttings on the lawn – it will naturally return moisture and nutrients to the soil
    • Reset your lawn mower blades to 4cm to encourage dense bushy growth.
    Plants
    • Choose plants that thrive in dry conditions, such as Alyssum, Geraniums, cornflowers French and African Marigolds, Petunias, Aquilegia, Campanula and Heuchera lavender.
    • Look for the full sun symbol on the plant labels when buying new plants as this indicates their tolerance to dry conditions.
    • Move containers, hanging baskets and pots into shady areas where possible
    • If you’re potting up or planting containers, use ones made from plastic, glazed terracotta or wood. These tend to lose less water than bare terracotta
    • When potting up your planters use a small amount of gel crystals. They absorb water and can help retain the moisture in the soil
    • Bury a short length of pipe into your pot; if you water into the tube the water goes directly to the roots where the plant needs it most
    • Use mulches like bark chips or gravel to retain moisture and keep weeds down.

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Water saving devices

Here are some of the devices we have:

 

Toothy Timer

Buffaloo Cistern Bag
Helps to save 1.2 litres of water with every flush.

Save a Flush

Eco Shower Head
Can save over 7,000 litres of water per year.

Shower timer

4-minute Shower Timer
Showers can use between 5 -15 litres of water per minute. Aim for a 4 minute shower.

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