How to save water and reduce your bill

How to save waterIf you are not currently using a water meter for your water bills, your first job is to find out if you could save money by switching – you could be saving up to £200 a year over a non-metered bill, so it’s worth the effort to check.  Simply go to www.uswitch.com/water to do a quick cost comparison.  You can then ask your water company to install a meter for you – they usually do this for free in England – and you can start saving.  You have a year to change your mind and switch back.

If you’re using a metered supply  you can save money in many ways by taking steps to reduce your water consumption on a daily basis.  Even if you’re not metered, you could feel good about doing your bit for the planet! Here are a few simple ideas of how to save water:

In the bathroom

  • Pop a flush saver bag (or a 1 litre drinks bottle filled with water) into the cistern of your loo, and you’ll reduce the amount of water used per flush.
  • Turn off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth – every little helps!
  • Take a shower rather than a bath, although keep it under five minutes, as long showers can end up using more water than a bath, especially if you use a power shower.
  • Use an eco shower head that mixes the water with air, and can give you a great shower using up to 75% less water!

Around the house

  • Make sure you fix all dripping taps – it’s amazing how much water you lose by leaving them for a few days – not to mention the annoying sound of constant dripping which can soon drive you to distraction!
  • Keep a jug of drinking water in the fridge, so that you don’t have to run the cold tap for ages till the water runs cold enough.
  • Use a dishwasher!  Studies show that washing up by hand can use up to five times more water than a modern efficient dishwasher.  A dishwasher will not only save water, but also save money on heating the water (again, you could be paying twice as much in energy costs to wash up by hand).  Make sure that you run it with a full load, though – running a half-empty diswasher rather defeats the object.
  • If you don’t have a dishwasher, use a washing up bowl in your sink to limit the amount of water used when doing the dishes.  Don’t wash up under a running tap, always fill the bowl.

In the garden

  • Use a watering can instead of a hose.  If you must use a hose, use one with a trigger attachment so that the water doesn’t just run continuously.
  • Fit a water butt outside to catch rainwater, and use it to water your plants.  This is particularly useful in times of water shortage when hosepipe bans are in force.  Everyone should have one of these!

Here are some products that we’ve found, that might be helpful

Water butt rain saver kit

Water butt/rain saver kit

Save water Mira eco shower head

Water saving shower head

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