Hullo Ladies and Germs.
My post today was going to be lots of thrilling and exciting gubbins about the splendidness of my new solar panels and generating energy and whatnot. All of which is rather excellent.
However I came across this link in my diversions from working, otherwise known as research.
Now, Here in the Save Some Green Household we are not on a water meter. We just pay our monthly amount to the water company and that is more or less the last we think about it. Not to say that we don’t consider our usage. We grow loads of lovely veg and fruit here and without any doubt at all, using rainwater is better for it. So I have a 1000 Litre IBC next to the Sugar Cube (my handbuilt reclaimed wood shed) as well as a water butt. which does pretty much all of our standard watering. This is also used to clean the car (which doesn’t happen often, not lazy. No. being Eco aware. Honest!) We shower most of the time and don’t use a dishwasher. Even the washing machine goes on rapid loads and has (apparently) a sensor to reduce water usage.
Thinking about it though, surely we are in the minority here. Many people don’t have gardens nor water butts, Most people do have dishwashers and washing machines which aren’t new or perhaps particularly water efficient
This year we are all likely to be impacted by the water challenge too. The start of the year has been the driest on record since 1976 at a time when it is normally cold and damp and rainy. Just right for filling reservoirs. As I look outside now.. It is Bright, dry, Heck I just picked up my son from nursery and wore flip flops… it’s not that cold out. Not at all right for filling reservoirs.
In fact whilst driving along radio 4 made mention of hosepipe bans to come. Surely the earliest it has ever been mentioned in the year.. they also mentioned that British farmers are having to change the way way in which they farm which will no doubt mean a shortage of certain crops and therefore an increase in prices. More than likely we will be looking at increases in our water rates to join in the heightened energy costs we are all getting to share.
It just goes to show that the impacts of global warming are going to affect us all, not just some poor buggers in some far off land who we can easily forget when we change the channel. So, what can we do about it?
Well we ALL need to do something surely? It can be something simple, turn the tap off when you are cleaning your teeth. Don’t wash the car for an extra week Make sure that you only do full loads with the washing machine.. everything you do however will Save Some Green. At the time that you do it and by conserving water it will make what we have stored last longer.
An interesting year to come
Adios Green Amigos.
- Drought warning: Environment Secretary says hosepipe ban possible (telegraph.co.uk)
- Drought alert ahead of water talks (independent.co.uk)
- Water meter installation: how it affects you (guardian.co.uk)
- How to cut your water bill (telegraph.co.uk)
- Free Water Saving Packs (edugeek.net)
- How Smart Metering Can Solve the Water Crisis (mybigearth.com)
- 21 Easy Ways to Conserve Water (environmentechnology.wordpress.com)
- The Usefulness of Water Butts (backyardgardeningtips.com)
- Q&A: How to deal with a drought (bbc.co.uk)
- Today’s House Cleaning is 10X Faster than Grandma Had It (tipsfromthetrailerpark.wordpress.com)