Top Water Saving Tips and Advice for Homeowners
In these climate conscious times, more and more homeowners are choosing to run a more energy efficient property. The top tips in this article will help you conserve water using small changes to your everyday tasks, saving you money as well as the environment.
Kitchen water saving
1. Washing Machine
First and foremost, it’s important to make the most of your washing loads; so, rather than putting on smaller loads frequently, we recommend you wait until you have a larger load which will fill the capacity of the machine. If your garments aren’t too dirty, try using a shorter wash cycle as this uses significantly less energy. Another excellent way of improving energy efficiency is to use your washing machine at a lower temperature which corresponds with the type of materials you are washing.
Much like your washing machine, try and use a full load every time you use your dishwasher to make the most of the capacity of the machine. Many modern dishwasher models offer an ‘Eco’ or ‘Economy’ setting which uses less water and energy, and can often be more efficient than hand washing the dishes.
A running kitchen tap can use up to 20 litres of water every minute, which is why we advise you use a bowl to wash your dishes and vegetables as this can reduce water waste. For superior efficiency, the excess water in the bowl can be used to give your houseplants a drink.
Garden water saving
Although lawns often become dry and brown in appearance, bouts of heavy rainfall means they can recover quickly. Therefore, try to avoid watering your lawn between these periods as sprinklers can use as much as 1000 litres of water an hour!
2. Hosepipes and Watering Cans
Fitting a trigger nozzle onto your hosepipe will halve the amount of water used, as well as help you control the flow of water to the roots of your plants. Using watering cans is also an effective way of reducing the amount of water used, while ensuring your plants are sufficiently nourished.
3. Water Butt
Purchasing a water butt is an effective way of collecting large amounts of rainwater for a free water supply, making it a particularly handy addition for homes in the UK!
Bathroom water saving
Taking shorter showers can lower water wastage considerably, which is why we recommend you try to reduce the amount of time you spend in the shower.
2. Take a shower instead of a bath
As it has been reported that one bath can use up to 80 litres of water, choosing to take a shower instead will ensure you only use under 40 litres. However, it’s important to bear in mind that a power shower can use more water than baths, so make sure you use your options wisely.
Leaving the bathroom tap on when brushing your teeth, washing your hands or shaving can waste a great deal of water. Therefore, remember to turn the tap off when carrying out such tasks to save over 5 litres of water every minute.
Avoiding blocked drains will ensure your drainage system remains fully functional and efficient. Items you must not flush down the toilet/rinse down the sink include:
- Cotton buds and cotton wool
- Wet wipes (makeup, baby and bathroom)
- All sanitary items (towels, tampons and applicators)
- Disposable nappies
- Bandages and plasters
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