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IRAIN - Use the minimum flush on dual-flush toilets. Only run washing machines and....

Use the minimum flush on dual-flush toilets. Only run washing machines and dishwashers with full loads. Collect water in a water butt for outdoor use in preference to tap water; dirty washing-up water is fine for the garden.

Don't wash your car more than once a month. This is usually quite adequate. Choose water-efficient appliances, especially washing machines - The Green Consumer Guide (see: www.greenconsumerguide.com) contains a detailed listing of the models available.

Install a low-volume or dual-flush cistern in your toilet. When choosing cleaning services for your business, ensure the contractor uses the most environmentally friendly products. It is important to remember that no cleaning products, domestic or industrial, are entirely harmless to the environment. However, this should not lead to indiscriminate selection, as some products are far more harmful than others.

Chemical elements found in some cleaners, such as phosphates and chlorine, are unnecessarily damaging to the environment when safer alternatives are available, such as concentrates, which use smaller chemical volumes. Avoid services who claim their products are non-toxic or biodegradable without further description. These terms are not legally defined, and are often used in the falsely, therefore offering no environmental benefit. CONSERVING WATER - WHO BENEFITS? You: When water is metered you can quite easily save as much as 25 per cent of your water note simply by cutting down on wasted water.

Less water in the public supply system also prevents sewage works from....

Less water in the public supply system also prevents sewage works from being overloaded and leaking, with the attendant health hazards. Other people: The health risks... read more

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Look at the household machinery you have and....

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Look at the household machinery you have and ask yourself whether you really need it all. Sell or give away what you don... read more

The American webmaster and cleaning consultant Don Aslett, coiner of the word....

The American webmaster and cleaning consultant Don Aslett, coiner of the word 'junkosis', reckons that 80 per cent of what we own is more or less redundant, the real usefulness and ple... read more