HomeServe’s Top Tips To Support World Water Week And Save Water In Your Home

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August 26 – 31 2012 is World Water Week, so to celebrate we, at HomeServe, have put together some handy tips to help you save water in and around your home. You might even save some money on your bills!

August 26 – 31 2012 is World Water Week, so to celebrate we, at HomeServe, have put together some handy tips to help you save water in and around your home. You might even save some money on your bills!

Change your shower head
A household of four with a water meter could save water and money by fitting a water-efficient shower head.

Wait until your dishwasher’s full
Only run dishwashers and washing machines when they’re completely full and always run on the most efficient water and energy settings. When it's time to replace your appliance, go for an energy efficient model.

Wash up less frequently
Try washing up by hand just once or twice a day, as opposed to washing the odd cup under a running tap; this could save you money if you’re on a water meter. Also try soaking your pots and pans instead of scraping off any stuck on food under the tap. This is much better for your kitchenware and less likely to mark your pans.

Collect rainwater
Your roof collects thousands of litres of water a year which will run straight into your home’s drains. By collecting the rainwater in a water butt, you can use it to refresh your garden and clean your car. Rainwater is also better for your plants and flowers than tap water.

Fix your leaks
Indoor leaks are always more noticeable than outdoor leaks. So check your outdoor faucets for leaks and drips to ensure you’re not wasting water.

Monitor a leaky toilet
Pour a little food colouring in your toilet tank and leave it for a while before flushing. The colouring will allow you to see if any water has seeped into the toilet bowl of its own accord. If it does, then you probably have a leak that needs to be fixed.

Watering indoor plants
If you have leftover water from cooking vegetables, you can use this to water your plants. If there’s more water than you need, you can freeze it in ice cube bags and drop them into your plant pots at a later date. Never freeze hot or warm water, as it can damage your freezer by making the motor work too hard.

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