Saving water in the home
The most obvious and easiest place for you to start saving water is in your home. By making small changes to your daily habits, you can make a big difference to the amount of water you use.
The following tips are, simple and effective. A little effort from each household can add up to a huge reduction in water use across our area.
In the bathroom
- Have a shower instead of a bath – when buying a shower always look for a water efficient model – be careful of power showers as they can use more than twice the amount of water as a normal shower
- Turn the tap off whilst cleaning your teeth, or use a glass of water
- Dual and low flush toilets can reduce a household’s water use by up to 20%, when replacing a 9 litre version. Try and use the half flush where possible
- Use a shower timer to try and keep your showers under 5 minutes
- Check the temperature of your bath as you are filling it, rather than having to top it up with hot and cold at the end. This saves energy as well as water
In the kitchen
- When boiling the kettle you will save water and electricity if you only boil enough for your immediate use. Try using an eco kettle to ensure you boil the right amount, every time
- Wait until your dishwasher or washing machine is full, or use the half-load button for smaller washes. When choosing a dishwasher look out for models that do not exceed 13 litres water consumption per cycle meaning that you'll be as water efficient as possible. When choosing a washing machine choose one that does not exceed 47 litres water consumption per wash.
- Don’t use a running tap to wash dishes or vegetables, use a washing up bowl instead, or catch the water in a bucket to use on your garden
- Keep a jug or bottle of tap water in the fridge to drink. Not only will it taste delicious but it will save you having to run the cold tap until the water is cool – especially in warm weather
- Instead of paying for repeat purchase bottles of mineral water, buy a durable water bottle and fill up at home
- It might go against the grain, but try to ignore the washing-up until you have a full bowl
- If you are on metered charges you could save over £10 a year just by fixing a dripping tap which can waste between 14 and 30 litres of water daily
- Use spray tap fittings on your taps to reduce the volume of water used.