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My Little Green Actions - May

How you spend your days is how you spend your life is a phrase that keeps popping up, and it's one that's quite fitting for me at the minute. 

I seem to be spending the year improving myself one way and another, whether I like it or not. It's now over 5 months since I drank alcohol, I've cycled every week Monday to Friday since January 1st (other than at Easter when I gave myself Good Friday and Easter Monday off). The veg box has increased the variety of food on the menu each week. I've improved my sleep and have cut lots of caffeine out of my days, and I've stuck to my aim of spending a minimum of 20 minutes outside daily unless the weather is awful.

It wasn't part of the plan but I've fallen into the routine of adding a new task each month to develop into a habit. The end of April/ start of May was all about sleep, the end of May has been about water.

We're not on a water meter so it's been easy to ignore water waste but when I started to think that we use perfectly drinkable water for everything I finally decided to take it seriously, starting with a bucket in the shower. In the time it takes my shower to heat up 2 litres of water comes through and down the drain. Now it comes into my bucket and onto the garden.

Two litres, every time, and that's using the small head, not the rainfall one, I dread to think what it would be had I used that.



The bucket is more full than usual as Dan left the bucket in as he showered so there's an extra litre or so today. 

Our first task for June is to get hold of a water butt, because of the position of the pipes at our house we can only add a small one at the back of the garage but it will be a great help I'm sure. 

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  1. Isn't it truly amazing the amount of water a person/persons use in a day. Love the bucket in the shower idea.

    God bless.

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    1. It really is Jackie. I have a large jug in the kitchen so I'm going to do the same thing for the hot water when I do the washing up.

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  2. That is a brilliant idea about the shower water. I have hust the thing as well, an old washing up bowl. Thanks very much indeed.
    J x

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    1. Excellent, glad you appreciated the tip! I don't find it too intrusive, I'm always carrying things up and downstairs anway, the bucket isn't full so it's not too heavy or cumbersome.

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  3. The water at our house is metred so I check the bill every 3 months and hope to have used less water than the previous quarter!

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    1. I think we'll have a water meter fitted eventually but we haven't be offered one yet.

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  4. A great tip. We are adding a water butt to our outbuilding to make it easy to water plants there.

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    1. Having things where you need them just makes things so much easier!

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  5. We do the same with the shower water and in the kitchen when we're waiting for the hot water to come through to do the washing up. We deliberately swapped over to a water meter to make us mindful of its use and not waste it. Arilx

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    1. I have to admit, it's just laziness that I haven't done it before, but as with most things, now I'm in the swing it's no bother.

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  6. This is an excellent idea. I'm going to try it. Thank you

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