While it is essential to drink plenty of water on a daily basis and, in some instances, helps to reduce weight, there are many instances where water does not need to be used so frequently. Since energy is required to produce water in the form of electricity to drive the filter turbines, and the energy required to produce the chemicals added to drinking water such as fluoride, we need to consider it in a more careful manner.
Top tip no. 7: – Only use the hosepipe once when washing your car.
The recommended way by which to wash a car is to hose the grit off, followed by various cleaning applications. However, the hose need only be used once and a bucket of cold water, combined with a clean cloth or chamois, is perfectly adequate for the rest of the cleaning operation. The only reason to use the hose initially is to avoid rubbing grit into your paintwork with a cloth. You will save a lot of water by reducing your hosepipe usage.
Top tip no. 8: – Reduce the frequency by which you water luxury items in the garden such as plants.
Like humans, plants can tolerate a certain latitude in their feeding. Most people overwater plants and the plant comes to expect a certain amount of water. It become less resilient to disease and generally less healthy. Conversely, easing off on watering makes the plant set down better roots, since it has to explore the soil for more moisture. If you start this, don’t do it in the middle of the summer. Where possible, begin in spring when the weather starts to get warm again, and the plant begins to wake. Of you suddenly reduce your watering schedule in the middle of summer, the plant will become distressed and possibly die.
Top tip no. 9: – Consider installing a water tub fed from a rooftop or greenhouse gutter.
These are relatively cheap and quite easy to install. Apart from using natural water and saving your own, it saves having to install an outside tap or carrying watering cans or buckets from your home. Assuming you live in an area which receives regular or occasional rain, a water tub can be extremely helpful.
Top tip no. 10: – Use a glass in the bathroom for drinking.
This is not posh advice – far from it! Instead of dipping your head under the tap and wasting water, fill a glass instead. Not only will you use far less water than you would when using a running tap, but you can check the water quality as well.
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