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Do you leave the tap running when you brush your teeth

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by stevegreen, Jun 16, 2005.

  1. stevegreen

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    Leave the tap running when you brush your teeth?

    Realised last night that I must be washing gallons of fresh water down the tap every year for no real need.

    Must try and be a bit more conservation minded really shouldn't I :oops:
     
  2. Ed Selley

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    No- that fact was drilled into me as a kid.
     
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    brush your teeth only once per week.

    I also think flushing the loo is a huge waste of clean drinking water, flush only when necessary or put a half brick in the cistern, like we did during the war; that will save loads of water over the average year.
     
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    used too, but now that my teeth are getting a bit more sensitive the cold water is not a great idea.
     
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    I'll be staying upwind of you :eek:.
     
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    New place so on a water meter, but even in other peoples houses i'll fill the kettle using a cup. We have some gel packs that you put in the cistern that you can have form United Utilities for free. Also dont flush for number 1's
     
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    I generally used turned the tap off when brushing anyway, but will definitely do so in our new house - it has "private drainage" that i'd rather not fill up too quickly................. :eek:
     
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    Just built a new bathroom with a modern small cistern so hopefully that will use less water.
    I turn the tap off sometimes whilst brushing my teeth. depends how much of a rush I'm in.
     
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    Yep i leave the tap on and i know im doing it too.

    Bad habbit i guess.

    Will try not to in future!

    Dal
     
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    I try not to but there's a sticker on the shaving mirror reminding me to do so which makes me not want to out of rebelliousness. :devil:

    I like the half-brick idea. :)
     
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    I'm on a water meter so I don't leave the tap running. It's amazing how being on a meter teaches you all the good habits.
     
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    What? Like not smoking and stuff? :confused:

    Amazing! :D
     
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    :D Yes it's 13 years since I smoked, but I've not given up completely on the stuff :D
     
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    Always turn it off.

    By the way the women have it right about shuting the lid on the loo, if you do not when you flush some particles get in the air and end up on the toothbrush, which even a rinse under the tap will not get rid of the germs, and a wet place like your toothbrush is a nice place to multiply germs.

    So next time you flush think; do I want to clean my teeth will a little hidden flavour. :lesson:
     
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    Our new bathroom suit has 2 flush buttons - short (1s) and normal (2s) - but then again why do we not recycle some of the water? use the waste bath/shower water to refill the cistern

    Though i am bad at not turning the tap off when brushing - but I am on metered water so I have to pay for my lazyness (literally)
     
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    Used to keep the tap running but now turn it off when I'm brushing.

    Be a good idea for the water authorities to put a sticker in with the bills that reads 'turn off the tap whilst brushing' that you stck on the mirror to remind people, especially as we are coming into a drout. :lesson:
     
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    There's loads of things we do to save water

    Measure the water out for the kettle, use the rinse sink for washing the dishes. Dont fill the bath up much further then your valubles. You can save water if you bath with a friend:lesson:

    No steve, no never!!
     
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    Metered too.

    I'm scrimp and save. She thinks she's contributing to Victoria Falls!

    Works out about even.

    Our loo has 'little flush for little visits' too. Use it all the time. If there is a floater, a 2nd flush doesn't hurt. :)
     
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    I leave the tap running in the bathroom all day and night so the cat has fresh water.

    When there is a hosepipe ban I get the family to form a bucket chain.

    We're not on a meter but I like to ensure we get our money's worth otherwise someone else would nab it.
     
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    Sorry if this is really naive and stupid!

    But what does it matter if you leave the tap running/flush the toilet etc? Surely all the water is recycled? It doesn't just disappear!
     
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    I'm with you macfarfs. Water is such a renewable resource in this country I can't see why it is an issue.

    Things like fuel guzzling cars, overheating our houses, over use of pesticides, gm etc. all have a long lasting impact for future generations - but using too much water in a country where it p!sses it down all the time, doesn't seem an issue to me. i must be missing the point.

    Mismanagement etc, can be the only excuse.

    Plus we pay well over £50 a month for our water fixed charge, more than our gas which is not a renewable resource, I think somethings going wrong (or we're simply paying too much).
     
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    All turn the tap off, just a waste otherwise!
     
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    Still doesn't give you an excuse to waste it!!

    And actually, the amount of water which is actually drinkable, is declining for a number of reasons.
     
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    We’re quite environmentally conscious in our household so while I used to keep it running it now stays off until I actually need to rinse my mouth.

    I think if everybody made small changes to their lifestyle the benefit in saved energy would be substantial.
     
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    I fill up old milk cartons and post it abroad to dry countries.
     
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    I turn the tap off when I'm brushing my teeth. But only because I'm normally ironing at the same time...
     

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