TIPS TO SAVE WATER

Happy Monday!
I hope you had a nice weekend and you’re ready for the week ahead.
Fact of the day: The average person in the UK uses 150 litres of water each day. That’s quite a significant amount! By reducing water usage, we are able protect wildlife and save the energy needed for treating and pumping water for our homes. As a homeowner, you also save money from your water bill!
Here are 10 easy ways to save water at home:
1. Turn off the taps 
You can reduce water simply from your tap! Leaving a tap running while brushing your teeth uses around 6 litres of water a minute! And by fixing a dripping tap you are able to save over 60 litres of water a week! So starting from the source at home can make a huge difference.
2. Shower efficiently
Showers can use anything between 6 and 45 litres per minute! And over 20% of household water is used for showering. So consider:
– Taking shorter showers
– Switch to an aerated shower head which combines water and air
– Insert a regulator in your shower – this puts an upper limit on flow rates.
Invest in a four-minute timer (these are usually under a £1, BARGAIN!). This clever device can help you reduce your time in the shower and will save you money on your energy/water bills!
3. Wash your clothes efficiently 

By washing a full machine load of clothes, you will be using less water and energy than 2 half-loads. This means that you’ll be lowering your bills as well!

4. Eat less meat

A staggering amount of water is used to rear animals for meat and dairy.  So by cutting down on the amount of meat you eat, you will be cutting down on your water use drastically.

5. Reduce food waste

A large quantity of water is used in other food production processes as well. BUT over 7 million tonnes of food and drink that can be consumed is thrown away in UK household bins every year! By planning out your meals and knowing what to buy in stores in a great way to eat what you have and to greatly reduce food waste and water.

Also:

  • Check use-by dates to know how long you can keep food for
  • Use leftovers to create new meals. This simple idea will help reduce food waste and can also save the average household £480 a year.

8. Fill a jug with cold tap water

Place this in your fridge afterwards. This means that you don’t need to leave the cold tap running for the water to run cold before you fill your glass. Also, if you want to be more efficient, invest in a Zip Water tap that will allow you to gain access to cold and hot water in an instant!

9. Collect rainwater

Using a hosepipe can use as much as 1,000 litres of water an hour! So by installing water butts will save you turning on the tap to water the garden. Also, by watering plants manually instead of using automatic sprinklers will cut water use by 33%!  And by adding bark chippings and compost to your much loved plants, watering in the early morning and late afternoon will reduce evaporation and save water!

10. Install a water meter

A water meter will tell you exactly how much water you are using and it will itemise it for you. Thus this will allow you to pay a fair amount to your utility provider. And it is a great incentive to waste less water!

For more information check out these links:

Waterwise 

Save Water Save Money 

Southern Water 

Thames Water   -Order your free devices here! (I got my 4-minute shower timer from Thames Water)

 

SO! Start taking into account all of the water you are using every day and how you can minimise it. It literally starts when you wake up to brush your teeth! There are many other ways to reduce water but these are the ones I felt you easily add into your daily routine.

I hope this has helped you in some way to make a difference (and a great way to save money! Just think you can use that money for Christmas presents!)

Let me know below if I’m missed anything or feel free to share your tips! Thank you for reading 🙂

 

[Featured image source: Wallpaper Abyss – Alpha Coders 

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