We’ve been having some great weather in the UK over the past few months (definitely not complaining!), however the lack of rainfall is putting pressure on our water supplies.
This morning, while walking Barney, I noticed just how low the water levels are at Severn Trent’s Staunton Harold Reservoir as well as how dry and dead the grass is.
We don’t just use water for drinking. We wash in it, clean with it, and use it to produce everything from clothing to food. It seems like a hosepipe ban is just around the corner, but we can all do our bit to make sure the country has enough water to keep operating.
Here’s my top ten tips to save water (and consequently money):
- Take short showers instead of baths
- Get a water butt to collect rain water and use to water your garden
- Or re-use dish water, collected shower water and tumble dryer water to water your garden and house plants
- Ditch the washing up and use your dishwasher (most modern dishwashers use less water and energy than washing up by hand), just make sure it’s full up before setting it off
- Only fill your kettle with what you need, this saves energy as well as water
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, you could save over six litres of water every single minute
- Fix drips and leaks
- Eat less meat, rearing animals for meat and dairy uses loads more water compared to growing plants
- Save up your dirty clothes, washing a full machine load of clothes uses less water and energy than two half loads
- Stop buying so many clothes, did you know it takes 2,700 litres to make one t-shirt?
Do you have any top tips? I’d love to hear them!
P.S Happy Day 1 of Plastic Free July, if you’re taking part let me know how it goes!