Water is something we cannot live without, but there is no doubt that we each use more than our fair share. There has been a dramatic increase in the amount of water being used in the western world. We’re showering more often than ever before and relying on our dishwashers to clean our plates and cups on a daily basis. Using water in the home throughout the day adds up to tens, if not hundreds of litres of water being used without you even realising.
When you make an effort to save water, you are helping to protect the environment, conserving a precious resource and reducing your carbon footprint. You’ll also find a reduction in your water bill, which for the average UK household adds up to £400 a year. The average person directly uses 140 litres of water each day – although the full amount of much higher due to the use of water in the production and importation of the food and textiles – but that can easily be reduced. Making small changes that will soon become habits is an easy way to save water.
Fill up (reusable) water bottles in advance and place them in your fridge to chill. This will save you having to run the tap for a long time, waiting for it to chill each time you want a drink. It also means any chlorine taste will disappear.
Wait until you have a full load until you wash your laundry, it can save up to eight litres of water each day. When it comes to replacing your washing machine, look out for eco-labels. These will rate the energy consumption and water consumption of the machine, ideally, you want one that is A rated.
Using a washing up bowl instead of allowing your tap to run when cleaning the dishes and glassware. It can save up to 18 litres of water a day.
Many older cisterns flush with more water than is actually needed. Place a save-a-flush in the cistern and you could save up to one litre with each flush. Newer toilets often have dual flush systems in place, meaning you can use the short flush when possible to save money.
Look out for dripping taps, they may be a result of worn washers. Washers are easy to replace and stopping dripping taps will reduce your water usage by up to 9 litres.
Baths Or Showers
Baths can use up to 80 litres of water each time so if possible, take a shower instead. Showing instead of bathing can save approximately 10 litres of water – providing you don’t spend too long in the shower.
Only fill the kettle with the water you actually need. Not only will this save water, but it will save energy when heating the water as well.
Cleaning Your Teeth
Turn off the tap when cleaning your teeth. Leaving water running can waste around six litres of water each time. Plug your basin when washing and saving can save up to 12 litres of water a day.
Frozen pipes can lead to leaks and a lot of water waste. In cold weather, set your heating to come on for a short time each day even when you’re not there. If you’re going away for a long time, turn your water off to try to avoid any issues.
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