Tips for in and around the house

2017-03-15 08:23

In the kitchen

Rinse glasses, cutlery and vegetables in a basin of water, rather than under a running tap, and reuse this water for pot plants or in the garden.

Rinse water can be reused for the next cycle of washing up before being discarded.

Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge so that you don’t run lukewarm water down the drain when waiting for it to cool.

Run tap water into a bottle when waiting for it to heat up.

Thaw frozen foods in the fridge, sunlight or microwave rather than placing them under running water.

Ensure washing machines and dishwashers have a full load before running them.

In the house

Close the tap when brushing your teeth. This saves up to 20 litres per month. Use a mug of water to rinse your toothbrush.

Plug the sink when shaving rather than rinsing your razor under running water.

This saves up to 45 litres per month.

A half-filled bath uses about 113 litres and a 5-minute shower uses about 56 litres. If you have to bath, make it a shallow one or share it.

A toilet leak can waste up to 30 litres an hour. Check if your toilet is leaking by adding a few drops of food dye to the cistern. If the colour seeps into the bowl, you have a leak.

In the garden

Water your garden before 9am or after 4pm (or even later on hot summer days). Avoid watering during windy periods and only water your garden when necessary.

Reuse your bath and sink water to water plants and lawns. Professional grey water recycling systems are also great options to save water.

If you have an overflow pipe that drips into the garden, place a bucket beneath it and use the water for pot plants.

Don’t mow lawns below 4cm, as this reduces root depth and lawns are more likely to burn in summer.– SOURCE: NEWS24

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