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Tips to help you stay cool and use water wisely

Brown lawn tip

Top tips to have fun in the sun and save water, money and the environment at the same time.

  1. Stay hydrated - leave a jug of tap water in the fridge to cool down rather than running the tap to get it cold.
  2. To stay cool dampen a flannel and put it in the fridge so it’s refreshingly cold on your face.
  3. Dab cold water from the fridge on your wrists, ankles and temples.
  4. Learn to love your brown lawn – leave the sprinkler in the shed this summer, it’s one of the biggest water guzzlers! Grass is extremely hard to kill. Your lawn will soon bounce back and be vibrant and green again when the rain returns.
  5. Water plants late at night when it’s cool. The water is less likely to evaporate and will do most good. Watering in the heat of the day is not advised as it can scorch and kill your plants.
  6. If you’ve already filled the paddling pool for the day, don’t empty it! You can save loads on your water bill by using paddling pool covers or gentle sterilising tablets that keep the paddling pool water fresh for days of use and fun with the kids. Or use the water to wash the car on water the flower beds.
  7. Or forget the paddling pool completely and head to the beach. In the East of England we have some of the best beaches in the country and many have been awarded Blue Flags and Seaside Awards. There’s even a beach and swimming area at our water park in Rutland, opening for the school summer holidays.
  8. Take a shorter shower or a shallower bath. Just a minute less in the shower can save as much as £50 a year on your water bill. We all take a shower or a bath so this is one of the easiest tips for everyone to get involved in.
  9. Got an electric shower? You might be noticing higher pressure than normal since the heatwave. It’s because the incoming water temperature has risen significantly and that causes the shower to boost pressure. Turning down the power setting on your electric shower or opting for the eco setting will save you a lot of litres.
  10. Fix that dripping tap. Dripping taps are just money running down the drain. If your tap dripped every second, all day, it would waste around 17 litres in just 24hours! That’s over 6000 litres and around £30 a year.

If you spot a leak, report it to us on our In Your Area section of our website or call freephone 0800 771 881. 

For more advice on water efficient gardening visit our PottingShed page and get a free water-saving garden pack.



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