Water Saving Tips
Despite being an island surrounded by water it doesn’t take long for some areas in the UK to run dry come summer. During 2006, several water companies issued hosepipe and sprinkler bans, and almost declared further restrictions on the remaining supply.
Being efficient all year round with water will help ensure our reservoirs remain at a healthy level. It also pays to reduce the amount you use, as more and more of us are switching or move to water metered supplies. Here are some water saving tips to help you on your way to reducing, preserving and using water wisely.
Fix Leaky TapsNot only are they irritating to hear day in, day out, they also waste an excessive amount of water. A tap losing one drop a second wastes 15 litres of water a day. Usually tightening the tap will solve the problem, otherwise enlist the help of someone who knows what they’re doing.
Take a Shower instead of a BathA long soak in the bath is a great relaxant, but did you know that having just one can use up to 100 litres of water? An average shower cuts your water consumption by a third and leaves you just as clean, so have a bath as a treat instead of part of your daily routine. However, beware – some modern power showers used are also water guzzlers, so turn down from the maximum setting to use in moderation.
Save Water in the KitchenThere are lots of things you can do in the kitchen to help save water. Instead of running the tap till it gets cold to drink, keep a handy jug of chilled water to drink. When boiling the kettle to cook or make a cup of tea, only boil as much as you need. And rather than wash potatoes and other vegetables under the tap, wash all of them in a single bowl of water. Even making small changes like these will help reduce daily water consumption.
Water Efficient AppliancesYou can make high water consumption products more efficient in the way they run by taking advantage of some of the free or cheap products that the main water companies offer. For example, a hippo or save-a-flush is an unnoticeable addition to your toilet but can save up to 2,000 gallons of water a year.
In the long term, you may wish to consider a dual flush toilet that flushes with less water. And when you next come to replace washing machines or dishwashers, try and purchase an energy efficient model as these are also designed to use less water.
Install a Water ButtGathering rain water outside using a water butt is an efficient and cheap way to water flowers and plants. It can keep your garden in top condition without using a sprinkler or hosepipe. Water butts, which are lightweight and barrel sized, are usually available at a discounted price from your council.
Turn Off the TapIt’s an old cliché, but turning the tap off when brushing your teeth saves more water than you may realise - over six litres every minute. If the entire adult population of England and Wales remembered to do this, we could save 180 mega litres a day, enough to supply nearly 500,000 homes. Also try and make a conscious attempt to turn off the tap when shaving and washing your face in the basin.