Making small changes that will soon become habits is an easy way to save water.
Water is something we cannot live without, but there is no doubt that we each use more than our fair share. As a result, there has been a dramatic increase in water used in the western world.
We’re showering more often than ever before and relying on our dishwashers to clean our plates and cups daily. As a result, the average person uses 140 litres of water daily (Source: Energy Saving Trust)- although the total amount is much higher due to the use of water in the production and importation of food and textiles, we can easily reduce that.
When you try 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 adds up to £400 a year for the average UK household.
1. Chill Your Water
Fill up (reusable) water bottles in advance and place them in your fridge to chill. Doing so will save you from running the tap for a long time, waiting for it to cool each time you want a drink. It also means any chlorine taste will disappear.
2. A Full Laundry Load
Wait until you have a full load until you wash your laundry, as it can save up to eight litres of water daily.
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.
3. Mindful Washing Up
Use a washing-up bowl instead of running your tap when cleaning the dishes and glassware. It can save up to 18 litres of water a day.
4. Reduce Toilet Flushing
Many older cisterns flush use more water than is needed. Install 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, meaning you can use the short flush to save water and money.
5. Stop Dripping Taps
Look out for dripping taps, as they may result from worn washers. Washers are easy to replace, and stopping dripping taps will reduce your water usage by up to 9 litres.
6. Choose Showers Over Baths
Baths can use up to 80 litres of water each time, so take a shower instead if possible. Showering instead of bathing can save approximately 10 litres of water – provided you don’t spend too long in the shower.
7. Limit Water In Kettles
Only fill the kettle with the water you need. Not only will this save water, but it will also save energy when heating the water.
8. Turn Off The Tap When Cleaning Your Teeth
Turning off the tap when cleaning your teeth is an easy habit to adopt to save water. Leaving water running can waste around six litres of water each time, so only turn the tap on when you’re swilling your brush!
9. Avoid Frozen Pipes
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 avoid any issues.
Want more information about plumbing in the home? Here are eight things that clog your pipes.
10. Utilise The Rain
Fitting a water butt in your outdoor space allows you to collect rainwater. They come in various materials and sizes and will help you collect, on average, 200 litres of water. You can then use the rainwater to water your garden rather than treated water. It also means you’ll have a supply throughout the summer when water usage can be limited.
More Ways To Save
Looking for more ways to save? By reducing your energy consumption, you’ll not only do the planet a favour but also see your energy bill fall.