March 22nd is World Water Day - a day dedicated to promoting sustainable practices and conscious attitudes for the supply, use and distribution of the worlds water - a precious resource.
World Water Day has been going since 1993 and this year the theme is Water and Energy - how water and energy are linked together in our world - if you conserve one, you conserve the other at the same time as the two are inexorably linked.
We have put together a short list of some easy ways you can contribute to the effort throughout 2014 and beyond:
1. Reduce Your Shower Time
The average shower time for people in Britain is estimated to be 8 minutes, that equates to approximately 62 litres per shower, costing roughly £416 per person, per year. So if you shorten your shower by just a couple of minutes, you can save up to 272 litres per month - about £46 a year!
2. Fix That Drip!
A dripping tap can use as much as one litre per hour, this is enough wasted water to fill a bathtub every week. Check your taps and other fixtures regularly to conserve water and save money. Pro tip : drop some food colouring in your toilet tank, if it makes it’s way into your bowl without you flushing then you’ve got yourself a leak.
3. Day-To-Day Tips
Try and cut down wastage in your day-to-day life; use as little water as possible when cooking food - wash fruit and veg in a pan of water, rather than a running tap and you can then use that to water your plants - that's a two in one!
4. Brush Smart
If you leave the tap running while you brush your teeth, you could be wasting around 6 litres a minute - that’s 25,000 litres of water per family, per year. Bonus: If you turn off the water while you shampoo and lather your hair, you can save a further 650 litres per month!
5. Water Saving Taps
You can update your taps to water saving models which cut up to 50% off your flow rate. Many water saving taps allow you to switch between full flow and half flow, or you can find an item called aerators that infuse the water flow from your tap with air to keep water wastage down and providing a soft, but constant water flow.
6. Electric Showers
An electric shower heats up the water you need, instantly on the spot. This means you waste less energy and water waiting for a tank to heat up, and you don’t have to heat a whole boiler, just the water you use. This saves energy and water, double whammy!
7. Monitor Your Bill
Make sure you keep an eye on your water bill and meter - is it higher than normal? Does it peak at a certain time or day? These are great tools for identifying leaks and wastage.
8. Just Enough
If there is one thing we love at Victorian Plumbing, it’s a cup of tea, but many of us across Britain are guilty of overfilling the kettle. This uses more energy than necessary and contributes to wastage. Overfilled kettles are estimated to cost Britain a whopping £68 million pounds a year, so try to use only what you need.
9. Modern Loo - Modern Living
Newer toilets are often much better when it comes to water consumption and cutting down on waste. If you do have an older toilet, you can install a dual-flush toilet - this cuts down on unnecessary waste by providing two flush settings; full and half flush.
10.Water-Saving Shower Heads
Around 25% of Britain's home water usage comes from our shower habits - that's a huge percentage!
Well, an eco-friendly shower head or aerator attachment reduces your flow per minute, while infusing the flow with air so it feels steady and soothing. Some water saving shower heads claim they can reduce water usage by around 60% while still providing a relaxing, full body shower.
As you can see, there are lots of ways you can get involved in water conservation in your own home, but a huge part of the battle is passing these lessons to others, so everyone can understand the cost of water and all the ways they can get involved with conservation.
So if you like our water-saving, energy efficient ideas, please pass them along and maybe try to incorporate your favourite every-day water-saving tips in your school or office.
Thank you for reading, and if you have any water-saving tips of your own, please send them in to us at our twitter and we will retweet our favourites for all our followers!