With the cost of living at the back of everyone’s minds right now, a lot of care has been placed on conserving energy. But water usage hasn’t been getting half as much coverage, even though the average UK home spent at least £35 a month on water in 2022. That means we should be striving to save as much water as possible, but why and how?
It’s simple really – the more water you use, the more you will need to spend on your water bill. But what many people don’t realize is that a higher water bill also increases your energy bill because the more water used, the more electricity is used to pump it around and heat it. It’s one of many factors we should all be considered in the coming months as the costs of everything continues to spiral.
With that in mind, here are a few water saving tips you might want to consider.
Reducing shower times
Showers are one of the appliances that use the most water. In fact, did you know that you use around 17 litres of water per minute in the shower if you have a power shower installed?Try to keep your shower times to a minimum of five minutes. That should be more than enough time to get the job done. Better yet, try switching out your shower head for a more efficient model.
Older toilets are notoriously less efficient than newer models, sometimes wasting double the amount of water.By getting a new toilet installed you can significantly reduce water usage, helping you to reduce the amount spent on water bills. You should also find that new toilets offer a quieter and quicker flush, which can be a godsend in busy households.
There are many small water wasting habits in day-to-day life that can lead to people wasting water unnecessarily.This includes small things such as letting the shower run for 5 minutes before getting in so it’s “nice and warm for us,” leaving the tap on when brushing our teeth or rinsing cups unnecessarily before using them. Rectifying these issues can help you to save lots of water and are not going to have a monumental impact on your daily life.
Make sure you check for leaks in plumbing appliances and get them fixed quickly if they occur.A simple dripping leak from your tap or shower head can waste many litres of water over hours and even more if left for days.
Use your dishwasher
Did you know that dishwashers use less water than washing by hand? If you have a dishwasher, then make sure you’re actually using it. Also, fill it up as much as possible during every cycle, as it uses more water to wash fewer dishes.Saving water at home can be easy, you see!