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20 Ways to Save Water at Home

Posted on September 1, 2015

Water is an absolute necessity in order for the human race to survive, but with an ever-ageing population, there is even more of an emphasis now being placed on the importance of the conservation of water.  

As a consequence, there needs to be a collective and conscious effort to use water more carefully in order to save the limited resources that there are.  

There are various different techniques you can introduce in your home or workplace to help save water, so let’s take a closer look at exactly how you can do this.

Kitchen

Kettle

Fill your kettle with as much water as you need for that moment in time. If it is just for you, then only fill it up with one cup’s worth of water. Filling the kettle to the top will not only waste unused water but it will also cost you more money to boil larger quantities of water.

Sink

Avoid blockages, flooding and nasty smells by installing a ‘Fat Trap’ in your sink. This will catch any fats, oils or grease that is poured down the sink. Click here to order yours now from Severn Trent.  

Dishwasher

It is a myth that dishwashers use more water to wash the pots than running water in the sink and washing them by hand. If put on when fully loaded, dishwashers can actually save 28 litres of water per wash.

Washing machine

If your clothes are not really dirty but just need freshening up a little, use a short wash setting rather than the usual, longer one. This will save on energy and water, yet clean your clothes and freshen them up just as nicely!

Bathroom

Shower

Investing in a water-efficient shower will use less than 8 litres a minute, compared to power showers that can use over 15 litres a minute.

Toilet

A toilet can use up to a huge 43 litres per person a day! Installing a ‘save-a-flush’ can help reduce the amount of water used. This clever device sits inside the cistern and reduces the amount of water used per flush.

Bath

Baths use a lot more water than showers. An average bath uses 80 litres of water, whereas a shower only 40 litres. Therefore, taking showers is the preferred choice if you’re trying to save water.

Sink

Dripping taps can waste 27,000 litres of water a year! If you have a faulty tap that is constantly dripping, order a tap insert. This fits inside the nozzle of the tap and will stop any unwanted leaks.

Brushing teeth

Leaving the tap on whilst brushing your teeth is a bad habit that wastes a lot of water. Only turn the tap on initially to wet your toothbrush and then turn it off whilst you brush, and back on again to rinse at the end. To save even more water, fill a cup up with water and use this to wash your mouth out without having to run the tap at all.

Dripping taps: Did you know that a dripping tap collectively wastes enough water in one day to entirely fill a bath?! So make sure you fully tighten the tap to when you have finished using it.

Garden

Sprinkler

Watering the garden with a hosepipe wastes huge amounts of water, whereas with a sprinkler or a trigger gun attached to it, you can water larger areas of garden whilst using the same amount of water.

Water the garden in the evening

You should water your garden in the evenings when it is cooler. If you water them during the day, and in direct sunlight, the majority of the water will evaporate which will not only waste your time watering them, but your plants won’t even receive the benefits!

Composter

Place vegetable peelings and used tea bags into a composter and, over time, it will turn into nutritious compost that will keep your garden’s soil nice and moist.  

Water butt

These are ideal for collecting perfectly fine rainwater that can be reused around the garden. They come in various sizes, but a 190 litre water butt will water roughly 30% of your garden.

Car Wash

Although a hosepipe makes it a much easier job, they use a lot more water and the majority of it ends up on the floor anyway, unused! Using the old fashioned method of a bucket is a far more efficient way to ensure the water is actually being used.

Outside tap

Pipework between the tap and the plumbing should be insulated to prevent freezing. You should also install a water tap saving device.

Loft

Water tank

You can either insulate your water tank or buy a jacket that can save around 150kg C02 every year.

Lagged pipes

Insulating your pipes will help prevent any bursts when the weather turns cold during the winter months.

So, if you’re trying to cut back on your water usage so that you only use the water you need, then try using some of our top saving water tips and we can guarantee you’ll start to notice a difference in your bills too!

If you need help with your wastewater system, whether it’s for an industrial, commercial or domestic premises, then please call Wildon UK today. We offer a 24 hour emergency service, so call us if you need us!

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