Ten top tips to get your kids saving water
You’re here because you’re keen on saving water. But how do we get the kids engaged enough to do it too? It’s not like they pay the bills (if only…) — so they may not really get the whole ‘saving money’ angle.
The best way to explain it to them is by saying that even though we see water all around us, its supply is actually limited. As populations grow, the amount available for each person is shrinking. After all, out of every drop of water on the planet, less than 1% is actually suitable for drinking.
The average person in the UK uses 150 litres of water a day. Our planet simply can’t sustain that much wastage — so each of us has to do our little bit to help. Give your kids the sense that they really can make a difference; by doing small things themselves, they can feel empowered, and help conserve this precious resource for their future. And here are ten ways to get them started…
- Toothy fun
Did you know that leaving the tap on while brushing can waste 12 litres of water? If you think of that in terms of cartons of milk, that’s a humungous 21 pints! Which is a lot of water just disappearing down the drain each time you brush. You can make toothbrushing fun for the kids too, with our Toothy Timer…
2. Shower races
Did you know that an eight-minute power shower can use more water than a bath? But by cutting that in half, you can still have a good old scrub, and save as much as 70 litres each time. Plus, when you use our Four Minute Shower Timer, it can turn the whole thing into race…
3. Use a BathBuoy in the bath
For very young children a bath is often the best option — but there’s a way to reduce the amount of water you use, while still making bath time something to look forward to. Using an inflatable BathBuoy can reduce the amount of bath water by up to 30 litres (or 52 pint glasses) — saving you time running the bath, and using lots less energy. The only problem with BathBuoy Penguin Island, is getting them out of the bath…
4. Soapy hands
Kids quite happily get dirty all the time, so there’s a lot of handwashing. If they turn of the tap while soaping up their mitts, that could save extra bits of water (and as we know, every little helps!).
5. To flush or not to flush
Toilets are the most water-intensive thing in the home. So although this tip might not be for everyone… think about you and the kids reducing the number of flushes. Of course you have to flush with a number two, but for light loo usage, it can be acceptable to flush, say, every other time. A little rhyme to help: ‘If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.’ You didn’t know we were poets at SWSM, did you?! You can also ‘Emoji-fy’ your loo with our fun sticker.
6. Bikes and buckets
When washing bikes and cars (if you manage to get the kids to wash your car, we salute you, you parenting genius), get them to use a bucket instead of a hose.
7. Speak, it’s a leak!
Explain to the kids what a leak looks like, and the importance of telling a grown-up if they spot one. If they see a dripping tap, or if the water’s constantly running in the loo — or if there’s a wet patch on the wall — all of these could be signs of a leak, so they need to tell someone.
8. Re-use water
If the kids are (finally) washing that bike, suggest they fill the bucket using water left in the kettle, bathwater — or the water that comes out of the shower while waiting for the water to heat up.
9. Use the same glass
It’s super-important to stay hydrated throughout the day, and water is the best way to keep the body in tip-top condition. But if you and the kids are at home, just use the same glass each time you have a drink — that way there’s less water wasted from needless washing up.
10. Tell your friends
Kids are the next generation of water savers, so the more they can spread the word amongst their friends, the better. Getting their school involved is a good idea too — there are lots of ways they could be saving water on an industrial scale.