Families and homeowners are becoming more aware of their environmental impact and are consciously making more effort to save energy, water and recycle to make the world a better place for future generations.
At Plumbcare.com our team of expert heating engineers and plumbers have come up with a number of effective ways to save water around the home.
- Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth. This can save you up to six litres of water per minute.Start with the simple fixes:
- Think about the length of time you spend in the shower. Depending on the shower system they can use anything from six litres to 45 litres of water per minute. Shorter showers are much more economical.
- When doing your washing make sure to add a full load and use eco settings if your machine has them available.
- Keep cold water in the fridge. This stops you running the cold tap for prolonged periods to achieve a cold drink.
- Use a watering can over a hose pipe when watering your garden. Using a hosepipe can use up to 1,000 litres of water per hour. In addition, always water your garden when the sun is low in the sky as it will evaporate slower.
Now for some solutions that may require a little elbow grease or a third party solution:
- Don’t put off fixing a dripping tap as it can waste up to 15 litres of water per day, which can add up to 5,500 litres per year lost down the plughole.
- Want to reduce the amount of water you use when flushing the toilet? Add a cistern displacement device in the cistern. This will only work for toilets that don’t have the flush settings.
- Do you often use the hosepipe to clean your car, patio and water the garden? Install a water butt to your house, shed or garage drainpipe to catch rain water to us for these outdoor jobs.
- When replacing household goods keep in mind you want to save water. Do your research and buy water-efficient goods such as water-efficient showerheads, taps, toilets, washing machines and dishwashers.
- Want to save money on your water bill? Having a water meter installed will help keep you in check as your full water usage is laid out on an itemised bill. Users that have a water meter installed use 12% less water on average.
Whilst doing our research into the water shortage in the UK we came across some alarming water usage facts.
Did you know?
- The UK has less available water per person than the most of Europe, and that London is drier than Istanbul
- An average person will use 160 litres of water per day, that’s 106 1.5 litre bottles of water consumed based on home consumption figures.
- An average person’s daily water use is 3,400 litres per day. To put this into context the UK has 69 million people living on our island each consuming 3,400 litres per day. As a nation we are using 65 Olympic sized swimming pools every minute.
We hope these alarming facts and figures urge you to start saving water in your everyday life as well as to monitor your home’s plumbing systems to ensure they are working effectively and efficiently.