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Cutting down on water use in the home saves water and the energy used to process and deliver it.

Install a water butt to collect rainwater for use in the garden. Fit a trigger nozzle to your hose to save up to 800 litres of water per hour. Avoid watering the garden by leaving your lawn to grow longer, planting drought resistant plants and mulching.

Five minute showers use a third of the water of a bath. Watch out for power showers which can use even more than a bath.

Fix dripping taps and avoid running water when washing your teeth, vegetables or doing the washing up. Use the dishwasher and washing machine with full loads. Dishwashers are generally more water efficient than washing up unless you live alone. 

It is difficult to quantify the carbon savings of some Actions. In this case we allocate a nominal 10kg CO2e per year. This is not reflective of the actual savings which may be significantly more, but to show that you are making a difference. If possible, we will provide representative calculations at a later date. 

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Total Carbon saved on this action 806 kg CO2e
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  •  Elizabeth Helen: 

    You're right Mairita, there are so many things to add. In Tobago water shortages are a real issue in the dry season, and getting worse, so this action is important whether you're trying to reduce climate change or adapt to it. I've written a blog about avoiding water waste in the dry season which Climates has just posted to the blogs page. I'd love to know what other Mates in hot climates are doing. 

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  •  Penney Poyzer-Schalom: 

    our house and garden work together when it comes to saving water... we have the lowest water use in the UK having slashed our usage from 160l per person per day to just 50 litres per person. We have achieved this through installed measures such as rainwater harvesting and ultra low water use goods and changing behaviour. The biggest saving has been down to our ultra low flush loos which flush between 2-4 litres. When you consider a third of water use is down to the loo it makes sense to decrease the amount of water used - a water hippo will do the job.

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  •  Mairita Luse: 

    And do not wash your car with a hose. Use a bucket instead. Thus you can go from using 500 liters to 20.

    If you live in a place you have to water your garden, chose local plants as they will consume less water.

    Don´t use your drain and toilet as a garbage disposal sistem. It makes the purification systems work so much harder. Oil should never go down the sink. Get a small waste bin for the toilet as well.

    So many things to add here! Let´s get this discussion started!

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