As water supplies are affected by the heatwave, some of us live with the impending threat of a hose pipe ban and many of us are thinking of clever ways to conserve our precious resource – water.
Hose pipe bans are already in place in many areas throughout the UK as water supplies run short.
There are many things we can do around the home and garden to conserve the amount of water used each day. But how do we do this? We all know that a shower uses less water than a bath and is better for the environment and for our pocket! But what other ways can we conserve water around the home?
When making a cup of tea, it’s advisable to only fill the kettle to what’s needed. Many kettles have cup guides on them showing how much water is needed for each cup.
Also, when in the kitchen, it’s good to use a plastic container in the sink to catch any waste water from the tap, this water can be used to water outdoor plants and if it’s clean enough, it can also be used on indoor plants too! Another idea is to use bath water to water outdoor plants.
Water suppliers provide a wealth of information and tips on their website on how to conserve water and may even offer some free gadgets on how to save water around the home! For example, some water suppliers offer an inflatable block for the toilet cistern, so after flushing the cistern doesn’t fill up with as much water, thus, using less water. They also may have a special water measuring stick that goes into a plant pot that indicated when the plant needs watering to avoid over watering.
To ensure less water is used during showering, they may offer an egg timer that can be stuck onto the shower cubicle to time a three-minute shower.
Its also good to be water savvy outdoors too! Water butts are a great way to conserve water all year round, providing a stack load of water for when the weather turns warm. But if you don’t want to shell out for a Water butt, why not use a partly covered container? But be aware that stagnant water may attract mosquitos, so it’s advisable to use this water up regularly.
Choosing what time in the day to water plants can also have a huge impact of the efficiency of the water being used, for example, watering plants at midday when the sun is at its hottest is not good because the water evaporates into the air, so it’s more advisable to water plants in the evening when it’s cooler, so not as much water evaporates and is soaked into the soil.
In addition, it’s a good idea to look for plants that don’t need as much water and prefer dryer soil, for example, plants like lavender don’t need as much water.
Try and introduce or encourage more shade into the garden either from a parasol, a tree or put tall plants into tall planters to give added height. If part of your garden is shaded from the sun, it will prevent the sun shining directly onto the grass and it won’t dry it out as much.
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