Water is an important and valuable resource and keeping an eye on your water-usage levels can be really beneficial in terms of saving water, energy and money in the home. Here are some tips for improving your water consumption in the home and to help minimise the amount of water wasted each day.
Tips to become More Water Efficient:
Showers use less water than baths and if you take a shorter shower you can save even more water and energy. Be sure to choose a water-efficient showerhead, such as an aerated shower head, which mixes air with water to reduce the amount of water used without compromising on power. Alternatively replace your shower unit for one that uses less water per minute, as usage varies depending on the shower model.
With every toilet flush you’re using water so it’s a good idea to invest in a dual-flush toilet so that you can control the amount of water used. Making this change can save half of the amount of water used in each flush so it’s a very efficient way of saving water and money. Alternatively, you can add a water displacement device into the cistern. This takes up space in the cistern so it needs less water to refill after a flush, saving around a litre of water each time.
Try to take showers instead as the amount of water used is around half the volume of a bath. If you’re refitting your bathroom suite and looking for a new bath, opt for a style that is more narrow or shorter than you have previously owned. It is easier to get a good depth of water in a bath with a smaller capacity so you will be able to use less quantity of water while still getting a luxuriously deep water level.
If any of your taps are dripping it’s a good idea to change the washer or replace them altogether, because a dripping tap can waste 15 litres of water each day. When you’re shopping for taps choose a style that needs to be lifted up into the on position to avoid the risk of taps accidentally being knocked on or left running. And always turn off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth to save a few-minutes-worth of water being wasted down the sink.
Follow these tips to save water and energy in your home throughout the year and to help you make water-efficient choices when you’re replacing your existing plumbing. By simply making a couple of changes to your washing habits you will see savings on your water bill straight away and updating your bathroom fittings will save money and energy in the long run so consider a bathroom renovation project for 2015.