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Water Conservation at Home

August 27, 2014

From October 1st 2014 we are all being charged for water usage at home, so we have devised some handy hints to help you save on your bill.

 

  • Check for leaks – they will be costing you money and wasting precious water. 

 

  • Know how to turn off your water supply – This could save thousands of litres of water and can prevent damage to your home in the event of a pipe burst.

  
In the kitchen

  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge – so you don’t have to run the tap cold.
  • Use a basin to rinse/clean your fruit and vegetables and then use left over water to water your plants.
  • Only run your washing machine and dishwasher when they’re full.
  • Fill the kettle with just the amount you need-don’t fill it up each time and waste energy.
  • When buying a new washing machine,or dishwasher, consider purchasing a water-saving model.
  •  Repair dripping taps by replacing washers – A tap dripping once a second wastes about 45,000 litres of water a year.
  • Never put water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering a plant or garden, or cleaning.
  • Use the quickest cycle on your washing machine and dishwasher.
  • Fit aerators or flow-control valves onto your taps. These little screw-in devices cut the flow of water from the tap, and can save energy by reducing hot water use. You can pick these up online for between €6 and €7.
  • Steaming vegetables rather than boiling them can save water and also ensures that none of the vitamins and minerals are lost in the process of cooking.
  • Never wash dishes or vegetables under a running tap – use a bowl instead.
     

 

In the bathroom

  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. This can save over 7,000 litres of water per year.
  • Fit aerators or flow-control valves onto your taps. Standard taps can run up to 15 – 20 litres a minute. Aerated taps can reduce water flow by 50%, they cause less splashing and the water supplied is still as effective for washing.
  • Take showers in preference to a bath (a bath use an average of 80 litres of water whereas the average shower uses only 30 litres).
  • Reduce shower time – A regular shower will use about 35 litres of water in 5 minutes. But beware a power shower will use over 125 litres in the same time.
  • Fit eco-shower heads in the bathroom and save up to 50% of the water used, which means you save money also as you use less hot water.
  • Use a low flush or dual flush toilet. Or place a displacement device such as a hippo bag or a bottle filled with water into the cistern – this can save 3 litres of water per flush.
  • Use chemical free cleaners.
  • Check for toilet tank leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear within 30 minutes.
  • Use a bucket to collect water for plants while you are waiting for it to warm up.
  • Don’t fill the kettle up unless you have to- only fill it as much as you need.
  • When washing your hands and face put the plug in the sink as this uses less water than a running tap.

 

In the garden:

  • Water early in the morning- this will reduce evaporation and lessen the likelihood of water waste caused by wind interference. Watering early also reduces plant disease and water damage.
  • Mulch. Placing a two- to three-inch layer of organic mulch on the soil surface around plants can save hundreds of gallons of water every year.
  • Minimize water loss in plants. Use water retentive potting soils in all container gardens.
  •  Use organic fertilizers. These fertilizers slowly release nutrients into the soil at a natural rate that matches a plant’s needs, so plants need less water when fed organically.
  • Invest in a water butt to harvest rainwater which can be used for watering plants, cleaning windows, cleaning painting equipment, rinsing out recyclables etc.
  • Start using a rose-head watering can instead of a hose.
  • Do not water your lawn or plants that have established roots in the soil.
  • Check outdoor taps and pipes for leaks.
  • Use plants and grasses with climate appropriate (water-wise) landscaping, and irrigate no more than necessary.
  • Wash the dog outside and water the garden/lawn at the same time, with eco friendly soap!
  • Guttering: Installing rain gutters and collecting water from downspouts also helps reduce water use.
  • Use a bucket to clean windows and cars.

 

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http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/water-charges-10-device-can-beat-the-meter-30390097.html
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http://www.independent.ie/videos/irish-news/water-charges-10-device-can-dramatically-lower-bills-30389860.html

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