Our water is constantly being cleaned and recycled but we need to conserve it as we’re using it up faster than it can be replaced. By using these water saving tips to make a few changes in our bathrooms, we can make a difference without needing to suffer for our efforts.
Top water saving tips
Do you prefer a shower to a bath? If so, you’re already doing your bit for the environment by saving 35 gallons of water each time. Use a low-flow shower head and you’ll use half the amount of water than normal. Power shower settings sound fancy but they don’t do the environment or your water bill any favours. If you fix an aerator to your faucets, there’ll be less space taken up by water as you’ll make room for air to circulate too. It’s a quick way to up your eco-credentials.
It might sound a little war-like (with the old quick fix leaky roof solution) but you could think about having a bucket underneath your shower while it’s warming up. Instead of letting it run down the plughole, re-use it for watering your plants. There’s no money involved, just use an old bowl from the kitchen.
Again, it’s low-flow that’s making the difference. Low-flow aerators will help you save 70% of your normal water usage and you’ll save even more if you remember to turn off the tap while you brush your teeth. We could save enough water to supply 500,000 homes if we only remembered to turn off throughout England and Wales.
If you’ve got a leaking tap, it’s not just the noise that you’ll stop by fixing it. For every day that it drips, you’re waving goodbye to 20 gallons of water. Luckily, we visited one of our plumbers, James Edwards, to bring you his DIY advice for solving the problem.
I can’t bring myself to let it mellow if it’s yellow but changing your toilet can save around 10 litres a day. If your toilet is ready to be replaced anyway, you’ll easily be able to get a dual-flush one fitted as standard which saves water and money. Toilets installed before 1993 have an average cistern size that uses 9.5 litres per flush and since 1993 that was reduced to 7.5 litres. Nowadays, you can get cisterns which use just 1-2 litres of water with every flush. With newer makes, you don’t have to worry about the flush not being powerful enough.
If you’re not planning on replacing your toilet just yet, you can reduce the amount of water per flush by indulging in a little water displacement. Place a plastic water bottle filled with water in your cistern or a brick that’s wrapped in bubble wrap or a plastic carrier bag. The wrapping will stop the brick from crumbling and you’ll displace a litre of water every time you flush.
When you think that you flush around five times a day and shower or bathe at least once, those litres soon add up!
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