365 tips to save water
Written by Louise Coulthard
1 Star Review – Stay Away From
How the blurb describes the book:
Saving water is simple and easy.
Find out how to save water at home, in the kitchen, in the laundry room, in the bathroom, on the toilet, and in the garden, as well as how to check for leaks.
Kids can save water too, with a fun activities and projects section.
Mr Home Budget Review
There is almost a big red flag when you read the title of this book. 365 Water Saving Tips, it seems they first came up with the title and then tried to fit a book around it. I guess the reason they used the number 365 is because it is meant to be a tip for each day of the year. There is no mention in the book that there is a council for each day of the year.
Now this would be great if there were 365 ways to save water. However, as the author has had trouble giving advice; They have repeated the same advice, only in different sections of the book. For example, they use the same nib for the bathroom sink, but write it differently for the kitchen sink.
This book would have been so much better if they had written X number of original tips. Maybe I’m being a bit harsh, but once you’ve read the same advice three or four times in different places, it can get a bit boring.
On the bright side, this book provides some good facts and information about water. Some of the best or most unusual tips that we have considered are:
“Soak your lawn every few days rather than a small amount every day. Small amounts of water are more likely to evaporate before penetrating the soil. It will also help your lawn become more drought resistant and develop a strong root system “.
“Take a navy blue shower! Used by sailors to conserve water on sea voyages, this is a great water saver. Simply turn on the shower, wet your body, turn off the water, then soap, shampoo, and foam, and Turn the shower on long enough to rinse. “
“Did you know that leaking toilets can be the leading cause of water waste in your home? A quiet toilet leak can waste 150 liters or more a day. That’s more than 50,000 liters a year. Obvious leaks can be wasted even more”.
Some of the ones that are just obvious and tear down the book are:
“Make sure all the taps, both indoors and in the garden, are always tightly closed, so that they do not drip. However, do not force the taps, as it may damage them and cause leaks.”
“Some people reduce the amount of showers they take in the summer by swimming regularly in their pool, especially after exercise or before bed.”
Unfortunately, the book almost seems put together for a few weekends than was actually thought. Ideas repeat themselves too much, and really good ideas are few and far between. Only if you really need to save every last drop of water is this book worth reading; otherwise, stay away. One of five stars.
Pros: It has some tips that you can probably put into practice right now.
Cons: Repeats too many tips that have been written slightly differently throughout the book.
Some advice is insane and no human being should follow it.
It seems slapped, rather than thought.