This spring we’ve been blessed with lots of warm weather and sunshine and we’re all crossing our fingers that the warm weather will last right through the summer months. There are lots of reasons to celebrate the warm weather with fun outdoor activities finally being on the cards, but when the sun is out, water supply levels generally tend to drop which means we all need to be as sustainable as possible when it comes to our water usage, in order to reduce the chances of a drought.
We often take water for granted but it’s important to be mindful of how much water you’re using, especially in the summer and common drought periods. Being water efficient doesn’t require you to make big changes to your everyday routine – just a few minor adjustments can make all the difference. So here are five top tips for in keeping your water consumption levels down this summer!
Top Tip #1: Don’t lose a drop!
How many times have you started running the tap and then waited a while for the water to warm up? Think of all that cold water being wasted! Placing a bowl in the kitchen sink is a great way to collect water and recycle it instead of it going to waste down the drain. The water can be re-used to feed office plants or the school garden. Also, if your business uses a dishwasher, instead of washing dishes under a tap, remember to check that it’s completely full before turning it on and be sure to use the eco setting if you have the option.
Top Tip #2: Grow a Greener Garden
Summer is the perfect time to embrace your green fingers and experiment with an office garden. If you want to use less water altogether, you can plant drought-resistant plants such as succulents that require less water (and if you’re a first-time gardener, they’re easy to keep alive too!). Succulents are also a great option if your office doesn’t have a garden but you fancy bringing some greenery into your space.
To learn more about drought-resistant plants and other top water-saving tips for gardeners read our blog post dedicated to UK Gardening Week.
Top Tip #3: Only use water when you need it
Avoid washing cars, taking long showers and using the hose. It’s easy to forget how much water you use for activities such as these, but it’s often a lot more than you think. In fact, it’s best to avoid using the hose altogether during summer if you can. Did you know that hoses use up to 6 gallons of water every minute when you leave them on?!
Top Tip #4: Fill up a jug of water
Fancy a refreshing cold glass of water? Running the tap and waiting for cold water is such a waste – the most water efficient way to do this is to fill up a jug of water and place it in the fridge for everyone in the office to use.
Top Tip #5: Invest in a water butt
Similar to placing a bowl in the kitchen sink, water butts are a great device for collecting water. The large container accumulates rainwater that falls in the gutters and pipes of your building and can even collect water from your showers too – they’re perfect for hotels and gyms! You can use the saved water for car washes, the office garden and they’re great for watering crops and plants.
As we wait for summer to arrive, we hope you find our top five tips for water efficiency helpful. Remember, it’s the small changes that can make a big difference. For more water saving tips, stay tuned on our blog, contact us for advice or follow us on Twitter!