Despite improvements in some regions, diffuse pollution from agriculture remains a major cause of the poor water quality currently observed in parts of Europe. Agriculture contributes 50-80 % of the total nitrogen load observed in Europe’s freshwater, with point discharges, including from wastewater treatment plants, providing much of the remainder.
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Turn down your hot water thermostat
– it doesn't need to be set higher than 60 ºC. The same goes for the boiler of your central heating. Remember, 70 % of the energy used by households in the EU is spent on heating homes and another 14 % – on heating water.
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