Top 5 Water Saving Tips

On average, 142 litres of water are used per person per day in the UK, with the average household using 349 litres of water every single day! (source: Energy Saving Trust). Use our top 5 water saving tips to save money on water and energy bills and reduce energy consumption.

1. Make Changes to Your Daily Routine

Take a look at your daily routine and reflect on how much water you use. There are some really simple ways that you can reduce your water usage by consciously considering them. The average shower uses 50 litres of water, and is the biggest water user in the house according to Energy Saving Trust.

Cut down the time you spend in the shower if possible, or consider installing an aerated shower head (uses a combination of water and air), or a regulator to limit water pressure and gallons of water used for conserving water. Make a conscious effort to turn the tap off when brushing your teeth or anything else at the sink; chill water in the fridge or prepare ice so you do not have to leave the water running whilst waiting for it to get cold. These may seem like minor things but water used in these ways can quickly acquire lots of wastage.

2. Fully Load Dishwashers and Washing Machines

Surprisingly, washing up uses more water than a dishwasher! If you have the means, use a dishwasher over manually washing dishes. Make sure you fully load the dishwasher as much as possible to avoid excessive uses; the machine will use the same amount of water no matter whether it is full or not, so make full use of it.

Also try to avoid rinsing the dishes before putting them in, as this is a waste of water. The same goes for your washing machine, always fill them as much as you can to save water. 

3. Check and Fix Leaks

Regularly check all taps and toilets for signs of any leaks. A leaking tap wastes a lot of water; around 5 gallons per day. The worst of leaking toilets can waste up to 8,000 litres a day (100 bath tubs) which could cost over £6,000 a year if left untreated (source: WaterSafe). So, it’s safe to say that leaks can waste a huge amount of water and money. Contact a plumber like LKG Daughters straight away if you notice a leaking tap or toilet, to have the problem diagnosed and resolved as soon as possible.

4. Use a Water Butt

Use a water butt to collect natural rain water rather than using water from the tap if you water plants in your garden or home. You can also use the water to clean your car or windows. In addition, avoid using a hosepipe if you can for these kinds of household tasks; use a watercan to avoid wasting excessive water.

 5. Switch to Water Saving Products

If you are looking for a more permanent solution for saving water and money on your water bills in addition to these water saving tips, consider installing some of these energy saving products in your home.

– Install a water meter so you pay for exactly the amount of water you use. This way, you know exactly what you are using, which may motivate you to use less.

– Get low flow taps fitted to sinks. These work by mixing air into the flowing tap water, using around a third of the amount of water that a regular tap does.

– When replacing, opt for water-efficient products such as shower heads, toilets, washing machines and dishwashers.

– Switch to a more energy efficient boiler. Boilers have to work harder to provide heating and hot water when they get older, therefore costing more. Talk to a plumbing and heating engineer for a recommendation on a boiler upgrade.

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