Ten water saving tips for your home
As we become more and more aware of our impact on the environment we are also becoming more aware of the impact on our household budget and the benefits some small improvements and efficiencies can make to both. Many homes are now on a water meter and if they aren’t already, they will be in time. While it will depend on the water supply company and type of property, you can ask for one to be installed – the Citizens’ Advice Bureau sets out your rights to water meters.
Whether you have one or not, there are a number of things you can do to reduce the amount of water you use at home and be more efficient. You are probably already doing some of them and others you may not have come across before, but all are great ways of reducing water waste and improving your impact to the environment and your wallet.
Ten quick water saving tips
- Turn the tap off while you brush your teeth. Sounds obvious, but many of us don’t do it. You could save litres of water just with that simple change.
- Equally, turn the tap off while you’re washing your hands. Give them a good scrub with soap and then turn it back on to rinse; before you know it you’ve saved a few more litres!
- Make sure you fix any leaks straightaway. A leaky tap or pipe can waste quite a lot of water, costing you money if you are on a meter.
- Choose a shower over a bath. Even if you make the change during the week and still enjoy a luxurious bath at the weekend, you are saving quite a bit of water. You could even use the waste bathwater for flushing the toilet instead of letting it all drain away.
- Install a dishwasher if you have the space. They are more efficient than washing by hand, but make sure that it only runs on a full load for it to have maximum efficiency.
- Water the garden and plants early in the morning or in the evening during the summer months to minimise evaporation.
- If your water company provides water hippos use them in your toilet cistern. If they don’t, you can get the same results by placing a brick in the cistern. It works by using less water to fill up so that with each flush you use less water but still have a clear toilet.
- Install water efficient taps and fixtures. They work by introducing air into the water flow, reducing the amount of water that comes out of the tap. Switching an old shower head for a newer model will also cut down on the water wasted as they are much more efficient and less wasteful.
- Use a rain barrel. Installing one below your gutters you can collect rainwater which you can then use for your plants without having to turn on the hose.
- Wash your car with a bucket and brush or take it to the car wash, preferably one that uses recycled water.
For advice on more water saving measures or for professional installation of water efficient fixtures and fittings, get in touch with our team at Total Plumbing. All you need to do is call us on 01822 735 200 or 07973 206 085 or email us at to ask us for some advice or for a free, no-obligation quote.