Are you a water saving person? I am, but my husband is most definitely not although he is
trying to be. he is someone who will leave the tap running whilst brushing his teeth, put the
dishwasher on half full and run the biggest baths. out of the two of us I am a lot more water
saving conscious. I once watched a programme that spoke about how it is so important to
save water and energy and I realised I took water for granted. I thought it was this endless
source that could never run out. I had no idea it was our most precious resource until recently.

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During these the last few months, we have found ourselves spending more time at home than ever before. More time at home and lots of lovely sunny days means lots of paddling pool time, plant watering and plenty of water fights. which isn’t surprising to hear that water use this year has soared. By 2080 we expect the population in our supply area to increase by half – thats nearly a million people all needing water for their vital everyday needs.

SES Water is keen to encourage families in Sutton and East Surrey to take small steps to save water this summer with their Water saving Summer campaign. If we all save a little bit we can save a lot and here are a few tips on what you can do in your homes to save water and money.

  1. Hose pipes and sprinklers use a huge amount of water – around 1000 litres an hour – so why not trying watering your plants with a watering can. Either early morning or during the evening when it is cooler and there is less chance of the water evaporating.
  2. Simple things like turning the tap off when brushing your teeth (something my husband is yet to learn) can save up to six litres of water.
  3. Making sure dishwashers and washing machines run on a full load, as half load settings use more than half the amount of water and energy.
  4. Did you know you don’t need to rinse your dishes off before putting them in the dishwasher? just simply scrape off any excess food into the food bin is enough and keeps our sewers clear too.

These are just a few tips to help save water but if you would like to know more then you can visit the SESWater website plus I am sharing a few more tips over at my social media platforms.

One of the other ways SES Water are helping you to save Water and Money is through their GETWATERFIT platform. Within a few minutes it will create a dashboard for your home with lots of water, energy and money saving ideas. you can see how you save water compared to your neighbours, you can even get a water meter and order free water saving devices suitable for your home and get rewards for doing so. It also provides a calculator which allows you to see just how much water you use and how much money you can save, a bit like what you might use for electricity. I am all for saving money where I can as more money saved means more fun things we can do as a family.

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So what steps will you be taking this Summer and the summers here after to save water? I love to find new ways to try save water and money so would love it if you could share your ideas with me by commenting below.

The boys and I are now off to water the plants in the garden by using water from our water butt.

Kim x 

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