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How to Save Water at Home

By Megan

30th Jul 2023

5 mins read

Bathroom Ideas

Our environment needs our help. A great way to help out is to save water. That is why we have shared some useful tips to help you save water at home.

VP How to save water at home

Saving water at home. You may be wondering why it is such a big deal. Now, more than ever, is the time to start doing your part for the ecosystem. A great way to help make a positive impact on our environment is to save water, especially in your home. There are so many ways you can do this from changing everyday habits to upgrading commonly used appliances in your home. Water is a limited resource, and there are already areas in the UK that are currently facing water stress.

When you start taking actions to save water at home, you will be playing your part in helping conserve water in the UK. Bringing your water consumption rate down will also bring your household bills down, another reason to be mindful of the water that you use.

 

Water saving tips for your home

 

1. Switch to Short Showers

Switching to shorter showers is one of the best ways to save water in your home. To save water and money on your bills, your shower should be no longer than 4-5 minutes. Filling a bath requires much more water and this cost combined with the cost of heating the water can result in much higher bills. So sticking to a shorter showering time will save water and save you money..

 

2. Fix Those Drips!

Dripping chrome tap

If you have any dripping or leaking taps in your home, it is important that you make sure they are fixed as soon as possible. While it may not look like there is a lot of water being wasted, a dripping tap can actually waste more water than you think. If left unrepaired, a dripping tap can waste up to 5,500 litres of water a year!

 

3. Fill the Dishwasher

Adding plates to a dishwasher

Dishwashers are one of the most used appliances in your kitchen and can use less water than hand washing! However, this is only if they are used correctly. When loading your dishwasher, ensure that you are filling it up as much as you can. Washing small loads of dishes here and there can skyrocket your water consumption. So it is important that you fill your dishwasher appropriately so that you can avoid this.

 

4. Store Water in the Fridge

Pouring water into glass

Are you guilty of letting the tap run until your water is cold enough? This can waste so much water. A running tap uses 6 litres of water a minute which could have been used instead of running straight down the drain. If you are someone who enjoys a chilled glass of water, a great way to save water is to store a jug of water in the fridge. This way, you will always have cold water available to drink, and you won’t be wasting any water.

 

5. Turn off the Taps!

Matt black tap running water

Similarly to the previous point, it is important that you remember to turn the tap off. Especially when doing tasks such as brushing your teeth and washing your face. As we know, you can waste 6 litres of water per minute if it is left running. So if you leave your tap on while you brush your teeth, that’s 12 litres of water every time you brush! Keep your water consumption low by switching the tap off when you are not using any water.

 

6. Install a Water Saving Toilet

Your toilet uses the most water in your home. Did you know that every time you flush, you use 7 to 8 litres of water? A great way to bring this amount down is to install a water saving toilet. On average, a water saving toilet uses between 3 to 4.5 litres of water, which is much less compared to their standard counterparts. The Orion Modern Short Projection Toilet is a great option if you are looking for a toilet that will help to reduce your water consumption. 

 

7.  Dual Flush

Ensuring your toilet has a dual flush is a great way to conserve water. A dual flush allows a toilet to do half or a full flush, which means you have the option to use half the amount of water when you flush!

 

8. Avoid Blockages

Shower drain

Avoiding blockages in drains is a great way to prevent any water waste. When a drain becomes blocked, the risk of leaks can dramatically increase. There is also the risk that your drain can become so blocked that no water will pass at all, resulting in flooding.

There are a number of ways that you can avoid blocked drains. One way to do this is to ensure that you only flush waste and toilet roll down the toilet. Flushing inappropriate items such as baby wipes and cotton buds, is one of the worst ways that you can cause a blockage. Another way to avoid a blocked drain is to ensure that you keep your drains, hair free! Overtime, loose strands of hair will accumulate and cause a nasty blockage in drain pipes. Avoid this by cleaning your drains often.

 

9. Get an Eco Efficient Shower Head

On average, a household shower uses 12 litres of water per minute. A great way to bring this down is to install an eco efficient shower head, such as the hansgrohe Crometta Vario EcoSmart shower head. This EcoSmart design reduces water consumption up to 60%. Making this a great option for shower lovers.

 

10. Get a Water Saving Tap

As we have already discussed, a running tap can waste so much water. A great way to bring this down is to install a water saving tap. The EcoDelux Round Water Saving Mono Basin Mixer Tap can reduce water consumption by up to 50%! This design features a Eco-Step cartridge which allows the tap to deliver half of its flow capacity.

 

11. Install an Electric Shower System

Opting for an electric shower is a great way to save both water and energy. This is down to the fact that electric showers use their own heating element to heat up the water. This also means that you are using less water, as an electric shower can heat up water much faster than a standard shower. Meaning there is less time spent waiting around for the shower to heat up, and less water being wasted down the drain. Another bonus of an electric shower is that they have a lower flow rate.

 

12. Anyone Fancy a Brew?

White kettle on grey counter

Those famous last words that will have you standing in the kitchen, making a cup of tea for everyone in the room. Even when it comes to brewing up, you can save water by boiling what you need, instead of filling the kettle to the max. This way you are not boiling water that could end up being wasted. Doing this will also conserve energy, as much less energy is needed.

 

Do Your Part for the Environment

By following the above steps and altering everyday habits, you will be helping our environment by conserving water. If everyone in the UK took the appropriate steps to help reduce their water consumption rate, the stress of low water levels will be lifted, and there will be enough water to go around.

Megan

Megan

Megan is an expert bathroom blogger, she enjoys writing helpful DIY articles and bathroom inspo blogs. As well as specialist bathroom advice, Megan also shares expert how-to blogs with step by step guides.

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