This week is Water Saving Week here in the UK. Hosted by Waterwise, the week aims to raise awareness of issues around water usage, and share ideas for using water more efficiently.
To do our bit, we’re sharing some tips and advice on saving water at home. You’ll be doing your bit for the environment, and with water meters becoming increasingly common, you might find some simple changes to your water use habits will help you save money too!
Keep your plumbing in good shape
That slightly dripping tap might seem like little more than a minor nuisance, but you might be shocked by how much water is wasted through a dripping or leaky tap over time.
A single tap in your home leaking at a pretty leisurely ten drips per minute (one every six seconds), will send three litres of wasted water down your drains every day. Over the long term, that adds up to well over 1000 litres a year.
And if you’re on a water meter, that drip-drip-drip is the sound of hundreds of pounds a year literally disappearing down your drains.
Check your habits
There are lots of easy wins for saving water to be had, just by being aware of our own water use habits. Flicking the bathroom tap off while brushing your teeth, for example, is estimated to save around six litres of water a minute.
Likewise, filling your kettle only with the water you need, rather than to the brim, is a simple way to save litres of water a day. Same goes for your washing machine - fill it before you use it, rather than doing a half-empty wash, to save both energy and water.
Or if you love a bath in the evening, consider taking a few more showers instead, as they generally use much less water.
Get with the gadgets
If you love a good gadget, there’s plenty to get your teeth into when it comes to water-saving devices. There are plenty of eco shower heads and tap fittings on the market which work by aerating the water, giving you that pleasurable sensation of a high-pressure water flow, while also using a lot less water.
Prefer a more low-tech approach? A good old-fashioned water butt will allow you to recycle the rain water coming off your gutters and put it to more productive use in your home or garden.
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Whether it’s a quick job like fixing a dripping tap, or a major project like a new bathroom suite, we’ve got you covered.
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