Tuesday 23 September 2014

Saving Water & Money....

It can sometimes be difficult to understand why it is important to be careful with the water when we have so much of it in the UK....We take it for granted....I do anyway! 

Did you know 97% percent of all the water on the earth is salt water which is not suitable for drinking......Only 3% of all the water is fresh water and only one percent of that is available for drinking water.....The other two percent is locked in ice caps and glaciers.....I was quite shocked by this!

We must learn to save water now for the future.....Apart from air water is our most precious resource.....

Reducing the amount of water that we waste at home can help protect the wildlife that live in rivers and wetlands and reduce the energy needed for treating and pumping water for domestic use.....

Saving water is easier than you think....You don't need to make big lifestyle changes here are some Water saving tips to think about....

Don't fill your kettle if you don't need to - As well as wasting water a kettle uses a lot of electricity so try not to boil water you won't use....

Taps are not power washers - Wash vegetables and fruits in a large bowl or tub of water and scrub them with a vegetable brush instead of using your taps as a power-washer.

Boil food in as little water as possible - You just need enough to submerge your pasta, rice or veg....This will also save energy as there will be less water to boil...

Leftover water - Use the water left over from boiling to water your plants....Just be sure to let it cool down first!

Get a dishwasher- They almost always use less water than washing dishes by hand, especially with water- and energy-efficient models.....Just make sure to only run the dishwasher when it’s full.

I had a look at a Water saving calculator and it's true.....I thought Dishwashers always used more water......I was so wrong.

£32 a year is a lot of money to save and 103 hours a year.....That's just over 4 days....Crazy! I knew there was a reason I hated washing the dishes by hand....

Choose tap water over bottled – It takes about 6 litres of water to make a single plastic bottle....

Fill the washing machine - Make sure your washing machine has a full load before you switch it on and buy a water efficient washing machine.

Use leftover tumble dryer water - If you use a condensing tumble dryer collect the condensed water and pour it straight into your watering can or iron.  

Fix dripping kitchen taps - Broken kitchen taps can waste 12 to 20 litres of water a day. Crazy!!

Shower instead of a bath - A bath uses around 80 litres of water in comparison a shower uses around 35 litres.

Try to cut down on shower time - Take a timer, clock, or stopwatch into the bathroom with you and challenge yourself to cut down your showering time!

Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily - Dispose of tissues, and other rubbish in the bin rather than the toilet.

Convert your toilet to a low flush one - Place a plastic bottle of water in the tank to displace some of the water used for each flush.....Weigh the bottle down with pebbles or sand!!

Don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your face...

Washing the car - Wash your car with a bucket and sponge....A hosepipe can use up to 1,000 litres of water in an hour!!

Do you try and save water? How do you do it?


  1. Try teaching that to a teenage daughter. Some great points on here. I might show Gee this post and the calculator.

    1. hahaha I've shown my tween....She thinks nothing of leaving the tap running!

  2. Great tips. And it reminds me, we MUST get a dishwasher soon. All that water wasted, as well as time we could be saving!

    1. I would love a dishwasher but our kitchen it too small....Grr!

  3. United utilities do some great water saving devices on their website - and some of them are free, too! Some very useful tips here :)

  4. There's some great tips here - I'm really bad at leaving the tap running to rinse things off if I wash up by hand so using the dishwasher definitely saves water for me. Will have to remember some of the other tips too!

  5. Great tips. Our new house is an old house and we definitely need to replace all the dripping taps!

    1. It seems like you'll save a lot of water doing that. Good on you x

  6. The water from our taps is purified which costs energy, and we shouldn't waste it :) One big problem in the UK is the amount of concrete and the lack of natural run off soaking back in to the water table. It ends up flowing back out to sea... #PoColo

  7. Lots of great tips :) We have had a major leak under our sink where the dishwasher plugs in and it has been a nightmare. We definitely need to save water after that lot! Thank you for linking to PoCoLo :) x

  8. That's right -- water is very important in our lives. Sadly, there are some that take that fact for granted. And if your statistics is right, everyone should use that 1% very wisely now, so we can all enjoy it for a longer time. Anyway, thanks for this great reminder. I just hope everyone will open their eyes and apply these helpful tips on their everyday routine.

    Lorenza Coon @ Central Basin