Reduce Your Water Consumption

Water as well as being a valuable resource, has to be cleaned and pumped, this all requires energy input —- from the burning of fossil fuels.

Have a quick shower instead of a bath, doing this could save over 300 litres of water a week. Space permitting, you can also place a bucket in the shower to catch any waste water which can then be used to water your garden.

Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth the tap left running can waste as much as 6 litres of water  a minute.

If you’re cleaning out a dirty fish tank, keep the water for your houseplants or garden. It’s rich in nitrogen and phosphorus, which provides an excellent fertiliser.

Fit a Save-a-flush (a bag of harmless crystals) in your toilet cistern – this can save up to 1 litre per flush*. To order one for free visitwww.thameswateruk.co.uk/waterwise or call 0845 9200 800

Try to purchase washing machines and dishwashers which have a low energy and high water efficiency rating.

Wait for a full load before you use the washing machine or dishwasher. A full load uses less water than two half loads. Run the washing machine machine at 40 degrees, this helps conserve power.

If using a kettle only boil the amount of water you need.

A water butt could be used to recycle water for use in the garden and could also provide water to wash the car. One can fit a small internal pump allowing one to conveniently use a hose. Water butts made from recycled plastic are also available.