According to OFWAT (Office of Water Services), the average person uses around 153 litres of water per day in the UK. If you think that sounds like a lot, it’s because it is. Wasting water is a total waste of energy which will cost you (and the environment) a hefty price in the end. There are always actions you can take in order to save more water in your own home. The pump specialists, Pump Sales Direct know a thing or two about ways to cut waste water in your home and save you a tidy sum on your bills as a result.
- Turn the tap off when you brush your teeth
One of the biggest and unnecessary reasons for wasted water in the home is leaving the tap running while brushing your teeth. Think about it: besides the first splash of water on your toothpaste and rinsing your mouth at the end, when else does the tap need to be on? It doesn’t. A running tap wastes around 5 litres of water per minute.
- Fill a pitcher with water and put it in the fridge
You might wonder how this will save you water, but if you are constantly running the tap for a few seconds to make sure the water is cold then this is for you. Leave a jug of water in the fridge and you won’t have to even wait a second for the taps to run cold.
- Invest in ‘water-efficient’ products
Like energy saving bulbs, there are many products on the market nowadays that are energy efficient, water-efficiency is no exception. From showerheads to toilet cisterns and taps to pumps, there will be something you can purchase to make your water bills work for you.
- Fix those dripping taps
If your tap is dripping it can leak around 15 litres of water per day. Multiply that by the 365 days in a year and you wind up with a whopping 5,475 litres of wasted water per year.
- Utilise rain barrels
None of us ever think to make use of rainwater, but why not? Having a rain barrel in your garden can collect a hefty sum of rainwater that can be used for watering your plants or even washing your car.
- Opt for a shower
Showers waste far less water than baths if they’re short. A five-minute shower is long enough for anyone to get a proper wash in.
- Don’t pre-wash dishes before they go in the dishwasher
Most dishwashers are able to cope with the demands of tacked on food to plates, so you don’t have to run them under the sink before you stick them in the dishwasher. Just scraping the leftover food into the bin should suffice.
- Ditch the hose
Watering your garden with a hosepipe can waste a massive amount of water that is entirely unnecessary. Instead, make use of a watering can, which will be far more efficient for your water use. Make sure to water your plants when the sun is weakest so you won’t lose your water to evaporation.
- Keep track
When you install a water meter in your home you can see exactly where you use the most water. You will then have more of an inkling about where you need to change your behaviour.