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Green Building Company's one-stop shop for water saving

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If you're renovating and want to install water saving WCs, taps and fittings, the first place to look for inspiration is the Ultra-efficient toilets, bathrooms and water-saving section of the Green Building Company.  Another good place to look is recently-mentioned The Green Parent magazine, which we mentioned just the other day - more advice from the Green Parent after the jump.

<p>The Green Parent says: We use 70% more water today than we did 40 years ago; 95% of water delivered to our homes goes down the drain; a garden hose can use almost as much water in an hour as an average family uses in a day.

Turn on the tap and water flows out. It is all too easy to take water for granted rather than think of it as a precious resource. However, increased demand and low levels of rain fall in recent weeks mean than more than 13 million households in the UK are banned from using hosepipes this summer and further restrictions may be imposed if the fine weather continues. Families are high consumers of water, with baths at bedtime, paddling pools during the warmer months and the often continuous washing cycle, so how can we reduce our consumption and help teach children the true value of water?

1) Toilets use more water than any other household appliance. In fact over 30% of the water we use in our homes is for flushing the toilet. This equates to two baths full per day for the average family. However help is at hand in the form of a volume reduction device that can be placed in the cistern. Products such as the Hippo, www.hippo-the-watersaver.co.uk and the Save-a-Flush, www.save-a-flush.co.uk can be used to limit the amount of water needed to flush.

2) Encourage bath sharing, often great fun for those involved and a great way to cut water use. And of course, showers offer a much more efficient way of getting clean using two thirds less water. Water-saver showerheads are available from www.greenbuildingstore.co.uk. These deliver a lower flow rate and still give the feeling of a good shower.

3) Encourage kids to turn off the taps whilst brushing their teeth by setting a good example. An incredible six litres of water can be wasted by leaving them running.

4) Water butts are a great investment for the water conscious family. Children can fill their watering cans using the tap at the base, recycling rain water and keeping the vegetable plot well hydrated at the same time. Watering in the early morning or late afternoon helps to prevent water loss due to evaporation.

5) Drought resistant plants can be grown by budding young gardeners. Try African lily, buddleia, lavender, rosemary, thyme, evening primrose and tulips.

For more green living advice check out the latest issue of The Green Parent magazine at www.thegreenparent.co.uk.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS CONTACT: Melissa Corkhill on 01273 401012 or via email at editor@thegreenparent.co.uk.

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See also the Hippyshopper Water saving gadget roundup

July 28, 2006 in Renewables | Permalink

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