Spend Less on Water

The idea for each topic in Transition Together is that the group works through considering how they can help/compete/support each other to make simple changes that will save them money, and reduce CO2, and to explore how this affects the community and the planet.

This section of the workbook covers the following water topics;

  1. Knowing how much water you are using
  2. Feeling flushed
  3. Taps, drips and leaks
  4. Showers and baths
  5. Washing clothes
  6. The kitchen sink
  7. Outdoors
  8. other ideas the group want to discuss

We’d welcome ideas for online resources┬áthat the group may find helpful to supplement the folders, or where you know of great resources, please let us know at together@transitionbh.org

The following 2 sites is packed with advice, grant opportunities and other information.

The Energy Savings Trust www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/water is a national body offering independant advice . 0800 512 012

Likewise www.waterwise.org.uk can help with independant advice 0207 344 1882

I happened to spot this rainwater harvest near Exmouth. Regret only one recycled barrel

For Gardening, check the Royal Horticultural Society advice including guidance on the benefits of use of rainwater, and constraints for using greywater (waste water from baths and basins) on plants.

For those who use bottled water, the following short film (8 mins) is worth a look http://storyofstuff.org/bottledwater/ Why would you buy something that is 2000 times the price of tapwater, and may not be as pure and healthy ?

Local water and sewerage suppliers

Looking to change supplier or see whether you’d save with a water meter – www.uswitch.com/water I (Andy) used this (on a band D house in Poole with 3 occupants and modest economy), and halved my water bill.

For tracking water usage, there are a number of websites. We’ve a group in Poole comparing Energy and Water usage, which may be helpful to compare progress as you make changes. http://transitionpoole.org.uk/?page_id=268 This uses www.imeasure.org.uk and you’d be welcome to join our carbon club, or create your own !

Other ideas are available on the Environment Agency website which includes floodwarning advice, and measures to save water and cope with droughts. This aspect of climate change has hit several parts of the UK in recent years. Storing and using rainwater directly helps reduce flood risks in your own back yard !

If you find other useful links we should share, or if any of the above are out of date, please let us know together@transitionbh.org

Thanks !

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