This week is Water Saving Week. A Waterwise initiative, the purpose is to raise awareness of the benefits of saving water and provide practical tips to allow everyone to play their part in reducing water consumption.
There is a theme for every day of Water Saving Week and today, Wednesday 19th May, is ‘Talk to your plumber about saving water’. That’s because there are a number of ways that you can save water in the home through adjustments to your plumbing systems and adapting habits and behaviours. As plumbers, we’re a bit obsessed with water so who better to discuss this with to make some changes?!
It’s a common misconception that a country that gets as much rain as we do in the UK has no real need to conserve water but in reality there are many reasons why it’s still really valuable to use less. For a start, we don’t actually have huge surpluses of water as, while it may feel like it’s always raining, we are experiencing much more dry weather than we ever used to due to climate change. In fact, April 2021 was one of the driest Aprils on record with only 10.7mm of rainfall (the average is 58mm).
There are very real and tangible benefits of saving water: the first one being you can save money. This doesn’t just apply to those on a water meter (where there is a direct saving to be made by using less) as heating water for baths, showers, and general use accounts for around 20% of your gas bill (if you have a gas boiler) so you could see reductions there.
One of the big benefits of conserving water is to the environment and minimising carbon emissions. Treating water and moving it around the country accounts for 1% of the UK’s carbon emissions. Using less water also means we need to take less water from rivers which preserves resources and protects the wildlife that depends on them.
There are many ways that you can save water just by being more mindful about your consumption, and we’ll come on to those in a moment, but there are lots of things that we can help you with that will make a difference. These include:
The other aspect of water conservation is just being more mindful about how much you’re using and how you can minimise waste. This is something that we have covered on the blog before (see our Water Efficiency articles) but here are some good tips for conserving water and maximising every drop:
These measures may not seem like they will make much difference in isolation but if we all cut our consumption as much as we can, this would make a massive positive impact on the environment and on our water and energy bills.
We are also sharing lots of tips on our Facebook and Twitter profiles so follow those for even more ideas. If you need advice on water conservation and how we can help you with that, please contact us on 0333 577 0151 or send us a message.
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