The high summer temperatures are bringing out the sprinklers, hose pipes and paddling pools in homes and gardens across Sidcup and London.
With more hot weather forecast for the rest of the week and beyond, your thoughts might well be turning to your water usage, particularly if you’re in one of nearly half UK households on a water meter.
If you’re concerned your hot-weather water use might be hurting the environment or your pocket, don’t sweat it - Sidcup’s XP Plumbing and Heating are here to cool things down, with some tips for reducing your water usage without drastically changing your lifestyle…
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 boiling it full each time, is a simple way to save litres of water a day.
Consider taking a few more showers and a few less baths, as they use much less water. And where possible, try to fill your dishwasher and washing machine before you do a wash - by using these appliances less, you’ll not only be saving water, but saving on your energy bill too.
Refit your flush
If you have an older toilet - from around 2001 or before - chances are it’s fitted with an older style of flush that’s very inefficient compared with more modern alternatives. With each toilet flush, you’ll be using an estimated 14 litres of water, rather than between 2 and 6 litres for modern dual flush systems.
Keep your plumbing in 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.
In fact, a single tap in your home leaking at a pretty leisurely ten drips per minute (one every 6 seconds), will be sending 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.
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 garden, saving you from using large amounts of tap water on the plants.
Need professional help with your water at home, your plumbing, heating or drains? Get in touch.
Whether it’s a quick job like fixing a dripping tap, or a major project like a new bathroom, we’ve got you covered.
Our team of qualified, experienced Sidcup plumbers, heating and gas engineers provides a 24/7 response. From our base in the heart of Sidcup, we have great coverage in the local area - including Eltham, Bexleyheath, Bromley, Chislehurst and Greenwich, and further afield into London and north Kent.