Friday, 3 July 2015

A week of record-breaking temperatures: our top tips for saving water this summer!

With most of the UK experiencing record-breaking temperatures this week and the good weather predicted to continue over the weekend, we’ve all been issued plenty of advice on how to keep our cool in a heatwave, including drinking plenty of water and taking cool showers. Many of us will also be making the most of the sunshine to do some much-needed gardening or maybe even wash the car.

While there’s no suggestion yet that that a hosepipe ban is going to be put into force, there are still lots of very simple ways that we can save water this summer and, as a result, save money on our water bills! Here are our top tips for saving water and avoid splashing the cash this weekend:

·        Have a cool shower instead of a bath. An average 5 minute shower uses less water than a bath but unfortunately power showers don’t count! Why not also consider fitting a water-efficient shower head or timer? Click here to find a local competent plumber for the job.

·         Rather than running the tap, why not keep a jug of water in the fridge so you can enjoy a cold drink whenever you want without wasting water?

·         Use a bucket and sponge to wash the car rather than a hosepipe. (Hosepipes can use up to 1, 000 litres per hour!)

·         When gardening, water plants using a watering can rather than a sprinkler as watering cans are more accurate. Also consider watering plants early in the morning or at night to prevent evaporation when it’s warm.

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