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How to Conserve Water at Home And in The Workplace(2) [2009-04-15]

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Top tips to conserve water when using your Washing Machine:

» Make sure that you machine has a full load before turning it on, if you have to use your machine half full use the half load button

» When buying a new machine make sure it is efficient as possible

Conserving Water when using your Dishwasher

A Dishwasher uses up to 60 litres of water each time that it is used.

Top tips to conserve water when using your Dishwasher:

» Make sure that your machine is fully loaded prior to use

» Avoid pre-rinsing dishes and cutlery under a flowing tap, this is almost always unnecessary

Conserving Water with proper Maintenance

Maintaining your home or business premises can save you money and help conserve water.

Top tips to conserve water by maintaining your Home or Business Premises:

» Maintain your plumbing systems and fix all leaks as soon as possible

» Insulate venerable pipes to avoid them freezing and bursting in the cold weather

» Make sure you know where your stop tap is so that you can isolate any leaks as soon as possible

Conserving Water in the Garden

As a nation of garden lovers it’s important that we are all careful when tending our gardens in order to conserve as much of the mains water supply as possible.

Top tips to conserve water in the Garden:

» Install a water butt or similar to make use of all of that rain water that lands on your roof. Rainwater is a great natural resource which should be used where possible to fulfill some of the more basic requirements in the garden. Installing a water butt is the best way to harness this natural asset, and it’s a fact that rainwater is better for garden plants than tap water.

» Use waste kitchen water wherever possible to water your plants

» Water your garden during the evening or late afternoon when it’s cooler to help reduce evaporation

» Don’t use a garden sprinkler these devises are wasteful and unnecessary

» Reduce the size of your lawn and buy plants that require less moisture

» Water your lawn once a week only; this will help to preserve your water, it’s also better for your lawn as over watering can encourage roots to seek the surface

» Mulch your garden with tree bark, coconut compost etc to prevent evaporation

Conserving Water by limiting Hosepipe use

There’s a reason why UK homes have faced hosepipe bans in the past, hosepipes are an incredibly wasteful way of consuming water.

Top tips to limit Hosepipe use:

» Clean paths and driveways with a brush not a hose

» Clean your vehicles with a bucket and sponge rather than using a hose, or limit the hose to the removal of foam after the vehicle has been cleaned

» When only a hose will do you can avoid wasting water by fitting a shutoff valve on your hosepipe

» Fit a Water Butt (see above) as an alternative to watering your garden with a hosepipe

Conserving Water at Work

As well as ensuring that you follow some of the above measures most notably those that relate to maintenance, taps, hosepipes and toilet facilities businesses can also conduct audits and observe a few additional practices that will help them to conserve water.

Top tips to conserve water at Work:

» One of the best ways for a business to reduce the amount of waste that it produces is to conduct a waste audit; this audit will cover other factors as well as water wastage. For more information on how to conduct a waste audit visit the Business Link website or do a search on “waste audit” in Google

» The production of paper uses an incredible amount of water try to reduce your paper use by as much as possible

» Eliminate automatic flushing devices in toilet areas and replace with water efficient devices

» Consult a plumber for advice regarding the potential for pressure reducers and flow restrictors to reduce the use of water

» When replacing old equipment ensure that the new models use water efficiently

» Investigate ways in which your business can reuse cooling water for other purposes

» Only clean windows as required not on a periodic basis

» Involve your staff by offering awards and incentives and put a reporting procedure in place

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