Water conservation at home - tips to save water
We’re more conscious than ever about our impact on the environment and lowering our water consumption at home is one way we can minimise this impact. However, this doesn’t stop at recycling your cardboard or taking your own bags when shopping. A really simple way of contributing is by thinking about water conservation. How you could prevent the wastage of drinking water in your home? The average person in the UK produces around 150 litres of water a day, that is more water use than any other European country. By being mindful of your water consumption at home and making some simple changes, we can all make a big difference.
Be aware of running water
This might be obvious, but don’t keep the water running the entire time you’re brushing your teeth or even when washing up. It’s easy to keep the water on, but you’re letting clean water run down the drain when it’s not being used. This can waste a lot of water. A running tap may only be on for a few minutes at a time, but over an entire year, it will add up to a lot of water. You could quickly reduce your families water consumption with just this simple change in behaviour.
Equally, although we love a luxurious shower, try and keep them to an efficient time to avoid wasting gallons. It is good practice to take shorter showers, and you can even get a low-flow showerhead that will restrict the amount of water that you use, if you are fully committed to reducing your water usage.
You may also notice your toilet is running constantly. If so, it’s probably time to replace the valves. Once changed, if your toilet is still having issues be sure to get advice from a professional.
Get those pesky leaks fixed
One of the biggest wastes of water in homes in the UK is from leaks. You may think a dripping tap can only contribute so much, but over a long period of time it can amount to a large amount of water, even gallons of water. Make sure that any drips or leaks from worn out washers are dealt with efficiently to avoid unnecessary water usage. Leaky taps aren't very water-efficient. This all adds and you’ll soon notice it on your water bill. A leaky tap is literally water (and money) down the drain.
Reuse rain water from the garden
If you have a garden, you might be tempted to water your plants with a hose or sprinkler system. Granted, this does make life a little easier, but it also wastes a lot of water. It is better to use a watering can as it uses a lot less water. You could use a rain barrel to collect rainwater to water your plants with. This is much better as your plants don't mind recycled water and you won't be wasting fresh water. Plus, you'll see a big difference in your water meter reading if you switch to a watering can and rain barrel.
Make sure your pipes are well insulated
Insulate exposed pipes if you have any, especially in the loft or the basement. Exposed hot water pipes take a lot longer to heat up and can lose it quickly forcing you to need to run water for longer. If your pipes are prone to freezing, insulating them will solve this issue.
Only wash full loads
Being mindful of your water consumption at home can start with the simpliest of things. Only put your dishwasher or washing machine on if you've got a full load of dishes or laundry. In a busy household, this often isn’t difficult to achieve, but both use a lot of heated water and energy and should be used for optimum performance. This can help reduce the amount of wastewater you generate in the home. If you wanted even more protection for the efficiency of your machines, then consider using a Washball for scale and corrosion prevention.
Make sure your appliances are being maintained properly
The poor maintenance of appliances can be detrimental to water wastage and heavily effect your energy bills. Proper cleaning of your appliances will also prevent water wastage. As will upgrading to more energy efficient models when you can. We also recommend the HomeScale Protect to protect your appliances against the build-up of limescale and sediment. The HomeScale Protect contains discs of titanium and copper that create a small galvanic current. The current disrupts the ability of scale to form calcite crystals and allows the mineral content to flow safely through aragonite (still CaCO3). By keeping your water system clear of limescale, it allows your machine to work to optimum performance for longer. This will save you money, water and energy in the long run.
Just being aware of the water consumption at home is important when looking at water wastage. Keep in mind that only a small adjustment can have a huge impact on your environmental footprint but also your water bill. With these tips, you can save water at home, which will help the environment and your bank balance.
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