With 97.5 of the water in the world locked in our seas and oceans too salty to drink, and most of the remaining 2.5 held in the ice caps, it could easily be argued that the world’s most precious resource is water. Water consumption varies hugely across the world and it’s an undeniable fact that here in the UK we consume masses more than we could be. The average UK household of five sinks 523 litres of water every single day. You might be surprised at the difference you can make by making a few simple switches. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide on saving water at home.
Changing your habits is the easiest and most economic way to make a difference quickly.
Did you know a running tap wastes more than five litres of water a minute? Be sure to turn off those taps when you’re brushing your teeth, lathering up, or shaving.
Consider shorter showers or switching from baths to showers. Simple but still effective. Even running your bath a few inches lower than normal saves approximately 5 litres.
A leaky loo is one of the leading causes of unexpected high water bills (and at 200-400 litres wasted per day that’s not surprising!). Check monthly for leaks.
We have a couple of tips for the kitchen too. When cooking, consider steaming instead of boiling- the run off water makes a great energy drink for your house plants too. If you love a refreshingly cold drink of water, always keep a crisp bottle in the fridge, instead of running the tap until it goes cold.
Now for you green fingered readers; when it comes to gardening there are some measures you can take to make your permaculture more drought resistant. Using mulch and bark can reduce evaporation by 70%. Perennial plants (those older than two years) mixed into infant plant beds add hardiness and diversity reducing the need for constant watering.
Finally, if you’re an avid gardener, install a water butte to collect rainwater for watering. That brings us onto GADGETS!
Installing a couple of low- cost items into your plumbing will save you buckets in the long haul and saving water at home in no time.
Have you considered a water efficient shower head? Save oodles of litres without having to do a thing.
Another handy bathroom gadget is a cistern displacement device. It fits neatly in your toilet cistern and uses its volume to reduce the amount of water that collects in the cistern. Different types yield a saving of between 1.2 and 3 litres of water per flush.
Use your machines! Fill your washing machine to the brim before you press start, and wash predominantly at 30 degrees and on the eco-setting if your machine has one. The average run of the mill washing machine uses half the amount of water washing up uses. Water- efficient machines can use up to 10 times less.
Hand washing uses 9 litres of water on average every single time, so it’s well worth investing in a machine to save you the effort and water.
It’s so easy to take water for granted in the age of modern plumbing. With these tips and tricks in your armoury, you’re now one step closer to shifting your habits and making a real difference to your water consumption long-term. Remember being eco-conscious is just that- a consciousness.
Don’t get overwhelmed. Learning and changing one small step at a time is the best way to cement healthy habits.