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8 ways to conserve water

Whether you want to conserve water to beat the taxman or to save the world we are here to help! We’ve put together our 8 best ways to save the valuable resource that is H2O.

1. Stop running taps

Avoid leaving the tap running when washing dishes or brushing your teeth. Using a basin when washing dishes is a great way to keep water use down.

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2. Shorter showers

Showers in most cases use less water than baths. Shortening your showers by 1 or 2 minutes can reduce your water consumption by 50 gallons per month. A great saving we think you’ll agree

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3. Install dual flush toilets

Dual flush toilets dramatically save on water. Offering different sizes of flush ensures great water savings.

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By SuSanA Secretariat CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

4. Reuse water

This sounds a little strange! But reusing water is a great way to keep the meter at bay. For example using unfinished glasses of water to feed plants and using water used for rinsing fruit and veg in the garden are simple saving techniques.

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Image open: By Kate Nielsen Photos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

5. Rainwater harvesting

Rainwater harvesting kits can now be purchased in most gardening centers. They can be simply attached to gutters to capture and store rainwater in a barrel. This water can then be reused throughout the garden.

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By Photo taken by E. Dusingizumuremyi. SuSanA Secretariat [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

6. Fix leaky taps

A tap leaking at one drop per second wastes 40 gallons of water per year! A worn washer is usually the cause of leaky taps. This can be an easy fix but if inexperienced it may be a good idea to get some professional help.

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“Dropping faucet” by Ángelo González from Dodro, España – faucet drop. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

7. The one glass per day to rule

Limiting the amount of glasses you use to one per day saves on water use and on washing up!

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8. Dishwasher and washing machines

When purchasing new machines it’s important to request the most water efficient ones. When using the machines you can save on water by only using them when they have a full load. This will save on energy too.

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Image source: By DIYprojects (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons