Summer's heat can be a challenge for gardeners, already leading to the dreaded 'hosepipe ban' in Cornwall and north Devon. Here are our top ten tips for saving water in your daily life this summer.
1. Keep the sprinklers off
Watering your garden can be a big source of water, but there are ways to minimise it. Instead of using sprinklers, which can use up to 1,000 litres of water an hour (that's more than 12 baths!), invest in a water butt to collect free rainwater. Attach them to each rainwater downpipe on your home, shed, garage or greenhouse, using slimline butts when space is limited.
2. Use a watering can instead of a hose
You can get exactly the right amount of water to your plants and pots with a watering can, but if you are using a hose, attach a trigger nozzle to halve the amount of water used and help control the flow. You can also encourage your plants to develop deep root systems by watering them less frequently. According to Gardeners' World, a good soak once every 10 days is enough for most plants.
3. Water early in the morning
Try watering your garden earlier in the day before the sun gets too hot. When the sun is high, water evaporates and can't reach the all-important roots - wasting precious water and your time too.
4. Mulch your beds
Use bark chippings, straw or shredded prunings around permanent plants to prevent evaporation by about 75%, saving you water and time with less watering needed. It will also prevent weeds growing and protect against slugs, so it's an all-round winner!
5. Stop running taps
Taps can waste a lot of water, so turn off the tap when you're washing vegetables or brushing your teeth. When doing the dishes, fill up a bowl with water instead of letting the tap run. Clean the cleanest items first and you'll save a huge amount of water in comparison to washing everything under the tap.
6. Use leftover water from your home
Don't let that cooking water go to waste! You can left over cooking water or water from rinsing your fruit and veg to water your plants. It even gives them extra nutrients. You can use the 'grey water' from your baths, showers and washing up bowls too, rather than fresh water from the tap - but don't use it to water fruit or vegetables.
7. Fix leaky taps
A simple drip from a leaky tap can waste a surprising amount of water. Check for leaks under the sink or for any drips when the tap is fully off - including your garden taps.
8. Switch to showers
If you're still taking baths, it's time to switch to showers. Showers use less water than baths, but be mindful of the length of your shower. Try to keep it to four minutes or less. Using ShowerBoB's AQOS Digital Shower Meter will help you to do just that and will also help you to save money on your water and energy bills too.
9. Fit low flow aerators on your taps and showers
Using adaptors to aerate your water supply means you get the same water pressure but use less water. Aerators and regulators are easy to fit and create invisible water saving. The water is filled with soft tiny bubbles, so the flow feels just as strong. Try the ShowerBoB Kitchen Tap Regulator, or Curve Eco Shower Head for low-cost water-saving.
10. Fill up a jug of cold water
Running the tap until the water gets cold might seem like a trivial thing, but it all adds up over time. Make a habit of filling up a jug of water and putting it in the fridge each day so you always have cold water available without running the tap.
We can all do our bit to help preserve our freshwater sources by reducing our household water footprint. Small actions really can make a big difference.
At ShowerBoB, we're all about doing our part for the environment. That's why we created our water and energy-saving products to help you reduce your bathroom and kitchen usage - saving water, energy and money.
Let's take a step together towards a greener future!
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