29th April to 3rd May 2019 is Water Saving Week, raising awareness of the benefits of water saving in the home, in businesses and schools.
Water Saving Week reminds us how important it is to use water wisely - whatever the weather and wherever the location - to protect this precious and finite resource for generations to come.
So for us at Wolverhampton Homes and for our tenants, this can result in both financial savings and environmental benefits in the following ways:
- Using less water can reduce your costs in both paying for your water, which costs around £1/m3, but also in reducing disposal and treatment costs which can be £2 to £3/m3 – a double win;
- Water use is very often linked to energy costs in that energy is required to heat water and to treat it, so lower water usage can mean savings in your energy bills – a triple win;
- Using less water has a direct impact on your carbon emissions, and reduces your carbon footprint;
- Managing water use supports our policy for improved environmental performance and demonstrates to our customers and stakeholders that we are acting as a responsible business.
This year we will be focusing on a specific area of water use and raise awareness to the issues around it. This year’s themes include:
• Meat Free Monday
• Toilet Tuesday
• Wash Wednesday
• Tap Thursday
• Freshwater Friday
We will also be giving tips from our tenants on how to decrease our water footprint by making small changes to your daily routines.
Our Energy and Climate Change team is already helping tenants save water and energy through our home energy visits which give tenants and leaseholders advice and a water saving kit.
Fill up your Wolverhampton Homes water bottle on the go with Refill
This year, we are also taking part in the Refill campaign which is supported by the City of Wolverhampton Council and Wolverhampton Business Improvement District (BID). This campaign aims to promote free tap water, helping to keep people hydrated as well as bringing environmental benefits by reducing the use of plastic bottles.
Over 20 businesses including restaurants, cafés and coffee shops have already joined the Refill scheme, which is being rolled out across Wolverhampton by water company Severn Trent and founding organisation, City to Sea.
Businesses which have signed up are now proudly displaying their Refill window stickers. A smartphone app is also available which maps out Refill station locations. The Refill app can be downloaded for free on Google Play or via the App Store.
Alvina Ali, Energy and Climate Change Officer at Wolverhampton Homes said:
As part of Water Saving Week it’s a chance to promote the wonderful benefits of water and it’s a great way to stay hydrated and to drink more water instead of soft drinks. The Refill scheme is a great way to protect the environment by reducing plastic waste and rubbish in Wolverhampton. As a Landlord we are supporting the initiative by offering free water bottles for our tenants and residents to use at the Refill stations and / or encouraging them to fill up their reusable water bottles for free at any of the Refill stations."
- Last Updated: Friday, 03 May 2019 10:46
- Published: Tuesday, 30 April 2019 12:30