It’s widely known that using too much water is bad for the planet, especially when we are using fossil fuels like natural gas, oil or coal to heat it up. Unfortunately, many of us don’t have a clear idea of how much water we are using on a day to day basis or how much it’s going to cost us when the bill finally lands on the doorstep. This usually means that most of us are using more water than we need to and are wasting our hard-earned cash on water bills. Here are some handy tips to help you save water and money around and outside the home.
Saving water in the home
Install a water meter
A water meter will help you to accurately monitor your water use so you can reduce your water use and lower your water bills. It can also identify potential leaks in your system, which could be wasting water and money. Water meters mean you can send accurate meter readings to your supplier so your bills can be calculated accurately which will help your budget.
Maintain drainage systems
Your pipework and drainage systems need regular maintenance and checking to ensure they are in good working order. Blockages, cracked pipework and leaks will all lead to wasted water and could cause costly damage to your home. In the winter, it’s particularly important to lag external pipes and water tanks to prevent freezing as this can lead to burst pipes.
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Minimise hot water waste
A lot of the energy and water we waste is through heating water in our homes. This not only bad for our wallets but also creates carbon emissions which are harming the planet and causing global warming. Try to be more mindful about how much hot water you use and don’t leave taps running more than is necessary.
Buy efficient water products
When it’s time to buy a new shower, dishwasher or washing machine, try to find a model which is efficient in terms of water consumption. Find out more from The Energy Saving Trust.
Install a greywater recycling system
The wastewater from our sinks, baths and showers is called greywater and can be treated for reuse when watering the garden, washing the car or flushing to toilet. By installing a greywater recycling system at home, you can reduce the amount of water you waste.
Saving water outside the home
Look for leaks
If you see damp patches inside or outside the home, running water or particularly healthy plants and trees when it has been dry for a while, you may have leaking pipework on your property.
Fit a trigger nozzle to your hosepipe
Hosepipes are often used to water gardens and to wash patios or cars, but this uses a lot of water. In fact, on average a hosepipe can use 500 litres in an hour which is as much water as would be used to fill six baths. A trigger nozzle or spray gun fitted to the hosepipe will give you greater control over the flow of water so you can stop it when it is not needed and can increase the pressure of the water, so less is needed for cleaning.
Wash the car with a bucket
When washing the car, try to use a bucket of water rather than a pressure washer or hosepipe. It may take slightly longer, but it can significantly reduce your water usage and save you money.
Keep pools and ponds watertight
Make sure your ponds and swimming pools are watertight so you aren’t using extra water topping them up. You should also cover pools in the summer to minimise evaporation.