Water Saving Advice
Did you know that much of your water use at home contributes to your energy bill? No one likes to waste water, however, only about 8% of people realise their water usage contributes to their energy bills. How well do you know your water usage? Do you know how much your family uses? Do you know how much water and energy you could save by being water efficient? Do you know what simple water use changes can save you money? The information below will tell you how!
Water Energy Calculator
The Water Energy Calculator will tell you how much water you use in every room, with every device and appliance. It will tell you how much energy and carbon dioxide result from your family’s water use - and how much water, energy, carbon dioxide and money you could be saving every year by making some simple changes.
Getting water to your taps uses a lot of energy, especially when it's heated up - so using less water can save you a lot of money. Use Energy Saving Trusts top tips to save water inside and outside your home.
Snub the tub
If everybody in your family of four replaces one bath a week with a five-minute shower, you can save up to £18 a year on gas bills and up to £21 on water bills (if you have a water meter).
Change your head
If a family of four replace their inefficient shower head with a water-efficient one they could save around £72 off their gas bills and around £72 off their water bills (if they have a water meter) each year. That’s a total saving of £150.
Fill ’em up!
Make sure that dishwashers and washing machines are full before you use them, and always use the most efficient water and energy settings. When it's time to replace your appliance, look for the Energy Saving Recommended logo: products with this logo will save both energy and water.
Using a sink of water to wash up twice a day rather than having the hot tap running could save around £34 a year on your gas bill and around £25 on your water bill (if you have a water meter). If you need to rinse utensils or wash vegetables, use cold water if possible and don't leave the tap running!
Go off the boil
Kettles use a lot of electricity, so try not to boil water you won't use: most kettles can boil as little as a mugful. This could save you around £7 a year on energy bills. If everyone in the UK did this, we could save enough electricity in a year to power the UK's street lights for one month.
Turn it off
A running tap wastes more than six litres of water a minute, so turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your face - and use cold water if you don't need hot.
Don't be a drip
A dripping tap can waste more than 5,500 litres of water a year, so make sure your taps are properly turned off and change washers promptly when taps start to drip.
Make it go further
Try to reuse unused water: for example, pour leftover glasses of water on houseplants and avoid wasting water from running taps while waiting for hot water.
And outside your home...
Get your butt in gear. Your roof collects tens of thousands of litres of water each year, but it runs straight into the drains. Collect it in a water butt and you can use it to water your garden and wash your car. There's a bonus: rainwater is softer than tap water, so it's better for plants - use it for your houseplants too!
Bucket the trend
Avoid jet washes and energy-wasting car washes. Wash your car using a good old bucket and sponge, preferably using water from your water butt.
Get Plugged In - Water-saving products
Using water-efficient products is an easy way to make a difference. With most of them, you won’t even notice that you’re using less water! Get involved with the Plugin Project and get your free water saving products today!
In the garden
Yes, you can have a lush garden and still save water! Here are our top gardening tips.
Become a fan of the can
Your hosepipe or sprinkler can use as much water in an hour as a family of four in a day. So swap your hose for a watering can, and fill it from your water butt to get the benefit of softer water.
Water your plants in the cool of the evening or early morning for the best results, as less water will evaporate. Water roots not leaves to give plants the maximum benefit.
Mulch ado about something
Mulches such as pebbles, gravel and chipped bark reduce your workload, as they keep moisture in and weeds out.
Don't hang around
Go easy on hanging baskets and small pots in summer; large containers are easier to keep watered and, plant for plant, use less water. Mix moisture-retaining crystals with your compost to reduce evaporation.
Let it go brown
Longer grass retains moisture better, so don't set your mower too low or mow too often. Watch to see how quickly a brown lawn recovers after rain - your lawn may not need as much watering as you think!
Around we go!
Water around plants, not over them, to reduce evaporation loss. Water less often but give the plants a good soak when you do, to encourage deeper rooting and sturdier plants.
Water Saving Products
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- Last Updated: Friday, 12 August 2016 14:43