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10 Water Saving Tips to Lower Your Monthly Bill and Reduce Water Waste

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Each household in the UK uses around 310 to 340 litres of water each day. About 18% of a typical household’s heating bill comes from heating your water, which adds up to around £400 per year. But there is plenty of room for improvement in terms of water-saving ideas to reduce your water bill if you’re on a water meter.

Cut down on your bills and reduce the terrible impact on the local environment. You can take a good deal of water saving tips at little or no expense and make a big difference. 

Why is Saving Water Important?

Monthly water bill

Who doesn’t want to save a few more pennies? Or while we are at it, a few pounds? Well, you can by installing water-efficient taps and showers, which reduce the amount of heated water you use. Even taking a five-minute shower instead of a bath once a week means that you save up to £20 on energy bills and £25 on water bills if you’ve got a water meter. 

Environmental impact

As the world’s population grows, so does our water demand. If we are more mindful about how much water we’re using, it will reduce the amount of stress we put on our lakes, rivers and reservoirs. Saving water preserves the ecosystem and habitats for all wildlife, which survival depends on how we use our water sources. 

Sustainability

Fresh water is already limited as it is. From the 70% of the water that is available, only 0.03% is fresh water. As water resources become more scarce, we must learn to conserve what limited supplies we have in order to save the future of water preservation

By using water more wisely in our homes, gardens and workplaces, we can help make our reserves more resilient to the impact of climate change, especially in terms of droughts.

How to Save Water at Home or at Your Workplace

We have put together some of the best water-saving tips to help you use less water at home, in your garden and at your workplace. Even a minor change makes an enormous difference in how much water you save each day. You are both helping your wallet and taking care of one of our most precious resources. 

1. Reduce shower time

If you can, take a shower rather than a bath. A standard bath uses around 80 litres of water, but a 5-minute shower uses around half of that. Better yet, set a timer for a 4-minute shower and a family of four could save 11,648 litres of water a year, £45 on metered water bills, and up to £52 on energy bills.

2. Check for leaks and drips

Regularly check around your home for leaky loos and dripping taps. It might not seem like a big deal until you consider that a single dripping tap can waste 15 litres of water a day, or a leaking loop can waste an average of around 400 litres of water a day. Do you suspect that you’ve got a leak and need a hand fixing it? You can get it sorted ASAP with the help of a professional plumber

3. Avoid running taps

Turning off the taps while brushing your teeth, washing the dishes or scrubbing your hands is one of the easiest ways to save water at home. By doing these things, you can save up to 9 litres of water per minute. 

4. Get a dual-flush toilet

You can reduce your toilet’s water consumption by more than half by investing in a dual-flush toilet. Choose whether to use a full flush – around 6 litres, or a half flush – 3 litres at most, you can cut your water use considerably. 

5. Install a cistern displacement device

Installing a cistern displacement device in your toilet cistern saves you between 1 and 3 litres of water each time you flush. That can add up to 5000 litres per year. Just contact your local water company and see if they can provide you with one for free.

6. Fit a water meter

Do you live on your own or have more bedrooms than occupants? Then you might consider having a water meter fitted? It’s estimated that households which have a water metre save around 30 litres of water per person. In addition, when you see how much you are paying your provider, there is much more incentive to be more water-wise.

Your local water company can fit it for free and will often give you the option to switch back within 2 years if you don’t see that you’re saving money.

7. Use the full capacity of your dishwasher and washing machine

It’s sometimes tempting to stick to your half-filled dishwasher or washing machine, just to get that chore out of the way. But make the most of each load by sticking in a few extra plates or shirts to cut out any unnecessary washes in between, reduce your water wastage and to lower your energy bill.

8. Get a water-saving showerhead

As well as taking shorter showers, you can save even more water by investing in aerated showerheads. They work by mixing in air with water and feel like a regular shower, but with super saving benefits. You will only use around 6 litres of water per minute, compared to the 12 litres of a normal showerhead. 

9. Avoid using the pressure washer

As convenient as pressure washers are, they guzzle up litres of water and should only be used occasionally, or not at all. Instead, get out the trusty watering can. Yes, it means a little more elbow grease, but you can save thousands of litres of water. If you still need to use a pressure washer, buy a newer, water-efficient one.

10. Look for water-saving gadgets

Many water providers offer free or reduced water-saving devices such as tap aerators, plant water-saving gels, leaky loop detectors and water butts. So make the most of what’s available to you and get to saving water and money. 

How to Check the Water Efficiency of Your Appliances and Fixtures

Thinking about purchasing a new dishwasher or washing machine? Or maybe you just want to see how efficient your current appliances are? Firstly, look out for the Energy Star rating, as these models use less energy and water than regular appliances.

Next, check the water consumption figure – the tap symbol, to see how much water it uses over a year. Keep in mind that washing machines which use less than 50 litres of water per load and dishwashers that use 10 litres of water per cycle are more water-efficient. There are some neat tricks to cut on your energy bills, too.

Key Takeaways

  • Switch to a water meter. Not only will you be better off, but you will get to see how much water you are using each month. This little insight will help you see where you can save even more water. 
  • Upgrade old appliances to energy- and water-efficient ones. Your investment will benefit your pocket and the environment.
  • Don’t waste water. Be mindful when running taps for cleaning and washing your teeth or hands and turn them off when possible. Take short, sharp showers rather than baths. 
  • Look out for leaks and get them fixed ASAP. Think of leaking loops or dripping taps as literally pouring money down the drain. 

10 Water Saving Tips to Lower Your Monthly Bill and Reduce Water Waste

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