It was only when my water stopped working one day that it hit home just how much I use, and how easily running water gets taken for granted. Water really is an everyday essential, and we owe it to ourselves and the planet to be more water efficient. On average, each of us in the UK uses a massive! This means that every time you take a bath that’s 80 litres gone, a paltry 5-minute shower fares slightly better at 45 litres gone. The dishwasher consumes another 10 – 12 litres and a fully-loaded wash demand 50 to 100 litres of water!
Consciously recognizing how large your consumption of water can be will allow you to bring about the changes needed to help the environment, local community and your bank balance!
The average in the UK is £395 per household. We know many of you pay more than this so we’ve come up with some quick and simple ideas to help you become more water efficient and save money:
- Turn off the taps: By turning off the tap whilst brushing your teeth, washing your hands or shaving, you can save over 6 litres of water every minute. Over a year, that’s a saving of around 4,000 litres!
- Short showers: As unexciting as this is, try to keep time spent in the shower below 5 minutes – better for body and bank balance.
- Green gardening: If you are lucky enough to have a garden, use a watering can whilst attending to your plants. It reduces a lot of water wastage verses using a hosepipe.
- Washing the dreaded dishes: If washing up by hand, either use a bowl or turn the tap off between scrubbing the pots. Try not to turn the tap on full-blast – a thin stream is sufficient. Even though modern dishwashers use less water than washing up by hand, they are only more water efficient if it’s full before you start, and you have a large household.
- Fix any leaks: Whether you go DIY or hire a plumber, fixing leaks in and outside the house can mean big water savings. If you’re not sure then add a little food colouring to the toilet cistern and you’ll soon see if any comes out!
- Think before you flush: Only your waste should be going into the toilet. Anything else like wet wipes is a big no no. It not only blocks the pipes, but increases water usage per flush.
- Tea time: By filling up the kettle with only the water needed per cup, will reduce both energy and water usage.
- Put a lid on it: By covering your boiling pan with a lid or by using a steamer you will use less water and cook your food quicker!
Your water supplier should have further information and some even offer free gadgets to help you become more water efficient.
Please share with us how you use water more efficiently and how it’s made a difference. We would love to know what you think about our blog and what topics you would like featured in the future.