Save water, save money, save the environment!
Below we have put together some top tips for saving your water consumption.
Support on saving water and money
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Support with your water rates
Did you know that Severn Trent and Anglian Water offer support and advice for those struggling to pay their water bills. You can find out more and apply on their websites.
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Installing a water meter could save you money, look here for more information and whether its right for you.
Water meters look pretty similar to electricity and gas meters. You’ll either find them inside the building where a water main is (e.g. under the sink) or outside the building near outdoor pipes (or where you can see water mains on the ground). The meter will measure how much water you use. On top of that, your local supplier will take a reading once or and charge you accordingly. Remember, you need our permission before you install a meter.
Using a washing up bowl
Washing up bowls are smaller than the sink itself. A smaller container means less water is required to fill it up. In fact, you only need to run a typical tap for 95 seconds to fill up a washing up bowl.
Spending one minute less in the shower can save £8 per person a year off your energy bills. With a water meter, a further £11.
Remember, running the shower before you step in also wastes a lot of water and energy.
Washing your car
Using a hosepipe to wash your car uses a lot of water. Instead, use a bucket when shampooing and a watering can for rinsing. If you must use a hosepipe, ensure that it is fitted with a trigger nozzle that will stop the flow of water when its released.
Wash vegetables and fruits in a large bowl or tub of water and scrub them with a vegetable brush instead of using your tap as a power-washer.
Don’t use water to defrost frozen foods. Leave them in the fridge overnight.
Careful with your cuppa
When making a cup of tea or coffee, only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need. Not only is it saving you water but could also cut around £6 a year off your energy bill.
Snub the tub
If everyone in a family of four replaces one bath with a five minute shower, up to £10 a year could be saved on gas bills and on water bills (if you have a water meter).
Turn it off
If you turn the tap off whilst brushing your teeth, that’s saving around 10 litres each time. Twice a day that’s 20 litres saved per person. A Family of four could save nearly 80 litres of water a day. That’s equivalent to around £28 saved per year if you’re on a meter.
Your toilet isn’t a bin
Many people have probably been guilty of this at some point, but things like tissues, sanitary products and face wipes don’t belong in the toilet. Not only is flushing them harmful to the environment, but you’ll be wasting a lot of water too.
Store a jug of cold water in the fridge. It sometimes takes a few seconds for your tap water to turn to your preferred temperature. Over the course of a year, you could be wasting a lot of water by waiting for the water to turn cold.
It’s better to wait until you have a full load as it generally uses less water than 2 half loads.
If you’re thinking of buying a new washing machine or dishwasher, look out for energy efficient models to replace them.
Wash at 30 degrees or use the ECO setting if your machine has one. Quick washes in washing machines, generally take more energy as the heating element works harder over a shorter time.
A dripping tap can waste more than 5,300 litres of water a year, so make sure your taps are properly turned off and change washers promptly when taps start to drip. If somewhere in your home is leaking, report it to us so we can repair it.
Saving water in the garden
A water butt can be a container, of any size or shape, that is used to store rainwater. When it rains, the water is caught in a drainpipe and flows down into the water butt. Collected water can then be used to water plants, rinse crops, top-up ponds, and even clean cars. Collecting rainwater in a water butt could save in the region of 5000 litres of water a year.
Use a watering can rather than a hosepipe, directing water straight to the roots of your plants where it will be most effective. If you must use a hosepipe, ensure that it is fitted with a trigger nozzle that will stop the flow of water when its released.
Don’t water plants or lawns in direct sunlight; not only will you risk scorching your plants but you’ll also lose a lot of water through evaporation, so your plants and lawn won’t benefit from it.
When the weather heats up, it’s fun to fill the paddling pool. Don’t fill it to the top. You could save 30 litres of water for every inch lower the water level gets. When you’ve finished playing in the pool, covering it means you can reuse the water the next day. When it’s time to empty it, you can use the remaining water to water your garden.