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Save Water in the Garden

Video Transcript

Water is essential to lots of the things we do every day when we are at home, and your garden can use around 7% of the total water you use in your home.

Scotland’s tap water quality is the best it has ever been, but the more water we use, the more energy is needed.

The average person in Scotland uses around 150 litres of water every day. There are lots of simple but effective things that we can all do in and around our home and garden to use water wisely. This will not only help save water, it will help you save energy, which can then help you save money on your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

Using a bucket and sponge to wash your car instead of a hose will help you to get it into all the nooks and crannies and use less water.

If you must use a hosepipe, fit it with a trigger nozzle so it only runs when you need it.  

When the weather is warmer this can increase the amount of the water you use in your garden.

Use a watering can instead of a hose on your plants – it’s more accurate, placing the water where it does most good.

Water your plants early in the morning or late in the evening, then less of the water you use will evaporate and more will go to the plant roots.

Plants prefer rainwater to tap water. So the more rainwater you can store in your garden the better. You could use a water butt to collect rainfall for watering the garden.

Finally, use a brush to clean paths, patios and driveways instead of a hose.

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