There are a number of simple measures that you can take to help reduce your water consumption.
1. Turn off all taps when not in use and repair any leaking taps by replacing any worn seals. A leaking tap can waste between 30 and 200 litres of water a day.
2. Only use as much water as you need. For example: when washing vegetables run a little water into a bowl and wash the vegetables in this rather than leaving the tap running. When brushing your teeth, turn off the tap after wetting your toothbrush. When boiling food, use only as much water as you need and keep a lid on your saucepans.
3. New power showers can use as much water in five minutes as is used by a bath, so consider fitting a low-flow aerator showerhead. By adding air to the shower, these showerheads use less water to achieve power-shower pressure. Aerator taps are also available.
4. Insulating pipes will reduce the need to run off cold water before hot water starts. This will not only save you money on your water bill but will also reduce your heating bills and your emissions.
5. Place a water-saving device in your toilet cistern. This will reduce the amount of water that your toilet uses on each flush. If you’re choosing a new model, go for a water-efficient one. A large range of water-efficient products are available in the Home & Garden section of Shop with Ice.
6. When watering outdoor plants, water at dawn or dusk to reduce water loss from evaporation.
7. When choosing plants for your garden, look for varieties that don’t need a huge amount of water and are fairly resilient to drought. Examples include thyme, evening primrose, California poppy and lavender.
8. Mulches such as wood chippings, bark and gravel help to retain soil moisture by reducing evaporation. They also suppress weed growth.
9. Harvesting rainwater will reduce your demand for mains water in the garden. See the next section to learn more.