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					Over two thirds of the world's surface is covered with water. That
equates to something like 1,260,000,000,000,000,000,000 litres!      That
sounds like a lot but only 0.02% of the total supply can be used as
drinking water, and earth faces a massive water crisis over the next few
decades if we don't all do our bit.

  You have the power to save water, the most important resource on earth.
Here are some tips on how to combat water wastage and save energy. You
can help the planet by following a few simple guidelines-¦     16 Tips for
Saving Water around the Home    In the Home:       Older toilets tend to
use unnecessary water. Generally speaking, the older a toilet, the more
water it uses. Modern day systems need far less resources than they did
even ten years ago. You can save water with your older toilet by placing
a 500ml bottle (filled with water or sand) in your cistern. This bottle
takes up space which would normally be filled by unnecessary water and
each time you flush you'll save half a litre of water.     Stop using your
toilet as a bin: tissues, cigarette buts and other foreign objects are
often flushed away with vast amounts of water. A simple waste paper
basket in the bathroom will cut down on extra flushing. Foreign objects
are also bad for water supplies. It has been estimated that one can of
motor oil has the potential to contaminate over 900 000 litres of clean
water.     Fix leaky toilets: your toilet may be leaking without you even
knowing. The best way to test your water efficiency is to place a small
amount of dye in your cistern. Monitor it for half an hour to an hour, if
the water in the bowl changes colour then your toilet is leaking water.
Fixing this leak can save plenty of water.      Never pour reusable water
down the drain. Granted, some water will be contaminated and cannot be
used reused, but a large percentage of our resources are being flushed
away aimlessly.    Always adjust your shower or bath water temperatures
in a -˜rounding down' manner. Instead of adding more cold water to your
flow to make the temperature more suitable, decrease the hot water. This
will save both water and electricity. It's also wise to invest in flow
regulator to taps and showerheads.    Don't to thaw meat in running
water. Always thaw your frozen foods over night when possible, or in a
microwave. Defrosting food with hot water not only requires a lot of
running water but also a considerable amount of electricity.      Keep
drinking water in the fridge to reduce the level of wasted water.
Always wash and scrub your vegetables in a sink filled with water. The
scrubbing of vegetables is best done under water, but put a plug in the
sink to reduce water flow.    Newer appliances are designed to be as eco-
friendly as possible. Dishwashers, washing machines and tumble dryers use
plenty of water or electricity, or both. In fact, they're one of the
major contributors to unnecessary domestic water wastage. Rather than
doing many small loads, try to do a few big loads. If possible, try to
upgrade to a newer machine.     Outside the Home:       Water your plants
heavily and less frequently. It eliminates run off and leads to healthy
and deep root systems. Deep root systems also make your plants more
resistant to drought, thus using less water. If you water your plants
lightly and frequently it leads to a lot of evaporation, run off, and
shallow root systems for your plants.      Water your plants during times
of lower temperatures. Try watering your plants in the afternoon, or
early morning when the direct blazing sun can't soak up all the water
intended for your plants. You may also want to plant new plants in areas
of shade if possible. Waiting until there's very little wind
significantly reduces evaporation.     One should also cover the soil
around your plants with mulch. Mulch is perfect for keeping in moisture,
releasing nutrients, sun cover and also keeping the ever-thirsty weeds at
bay.    The shorter your grass the more evaporation will take place. If
you set the blades on your lawnmower up slightly, your longer lawn will
retain much more water.    Stop washing your windows. Let nature take
care of this most tiresome of household chores. With self-cleaning
windows the light breaks down the organic dirt while rainwater washes it
away, thus using considerably less water and energy. On a side note - in
a recent study it was discovered that office buildings fitted with self-
cleaning glass will save approximately 100,000 litres of water over the
course of the building's lifetime - that's a lot of water! Now that's the
kind of technology I like!    Wash your car with a bucket of water. It
not only uses much less water than the hose, but washing your car while
it's parked on your lawn kills two birds with one stone. And if you're
going to clean paths or driveways, use a broom and not a hose.    Keep
your pool covered to avoid water evaporation. A pool cover is a fantastic
way of keeping life's most necessary ingredient safe, especially in
summer.    There you have it - 16 clever ways to save water and energy
around the home. Start putting them into practice today and do your part.
About the Author Many conservatory companies recommend Pilkington when
it comes to glass. Pilkington is recognised as the world's technological
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Activ„¢ - the world's first self-cleaning glass is one of their greatest
products and an ideal glass for conservatory construction.     Related
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