Looking To Save Water?
Water saving technology for households include:
Areas of the UK like the South and South East already are stressed with a finite water supply. The drought of 2004-2006 showed that the only way to conserve water was to manage its use and impose blanket bans of the use of domestic and agricultural use. This is not going to be a one off as the more water pressures from population and climate change are only going to further create issues in the future.
The future is not bright and by 2080 it is predicted that we will receive half as much rainfall in the South East in the summer months. We all need to future proof our home, plan for a drier future and do our part to decrease the impacts of global warming.
Here at FlushKING, we are dedicated to help you save water and money. There are many ways in which you can reduce your daily water consumption and thus reduce your water bill.
Water saving technology for households include:
- Low flow or energy-efficient shower heads use less energy.
- Low-flush toilets and composting toilets. These have a dramatic impact in the developed world as standard or conventional toilets use large volumes of clean, treated water.
- Dual flush toilets offer the option of different levels of water and can reduce consumption by up to 67% over an ordinary mechanism. Low flush toilets are not only useful for residential homes but can also offer massive savings to business.
Education. Simply educating people not to waste water when using taps and other devices will help reduce water wastage. How you use the water in your home can make a big different to your water efficiency. When being waterwise is applied to your daily life then it is possible to save water without spending any money at all.
Water saving tips include:
- Take a shower instead of a bath or reuse waste bath water to water your plants.
- Turning off the tap when brushing your teeth.
- Reduce time in showers. Although showers with aerated showerheads are more efficient, if you take very long showers you will still use a lot of water. If possible take shorter showers.
- If you feel your family are using too much water, or that your water bill is too high, then it is worth using a water calculator to see if your usage is deemed normal. If you are using too much water then there are several water saving products that can be installed to help you use less water.
- Washing machines and dishwashers can use a lot of water. Ensure you have a full load before using either appliances can dramatically reduce your water waste and save energy.
- Install water meters to help you monitor your water usage.
- Reduce garden hose use. We recommend using a water butt to collect excess rain water and a watering can to water your plants. You will be surprised at how quickly a water butt can refill itself. This will also help you during the warmer months when you might be faced with a hosepipe ban. You can also collect used bath water to store in the water butt if there is little or no rain.
- What to go that one step further? Look at grey water recycling. Water recycling systems and technology have become more common in the UK. For example, grey water can be reused in the garden, or pumped to the toilet cistern in some systems. You'll save a huge amount of water with a water recycling system and will go a long way towards you hitting your recycling targets.
Water saving devices for businesses:
Water used in your offices and commercial properties is an operational cost to your company and can easily be reduced, saving you money on your water bill and your energy bills and by using less heated water.
- Toilet flushing represents the largest use of water in households accounting for around 30% of total domestic use. Apply these sorts of figures to businesses and multi-occupied premises and the savings can be enormous. The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 reduced the levels of water in new toilets to 6 litres, but in existing housing stock the toilets flush using 7.5 litres or more.
- Retrofitting variable toilet flushing devices and converting an existing single flush siphon cistern to a variable flush one allows for water saving and easy maintenance without the need to replace the whole toilet system.
- Convert existing systems to dual flush units wherever possible and save 2-3 litres per flush. Check all toilets to make sure they are not running out the overflow and are not running into the bowl. This helps prevent additional water waste.
- Include urinals. An unmanaged cistern flushes four times an hour, 24hrs a day using 315 m* at a cost of £500 per year. Reducing the frequency of flushing allows this figure to be reduced to 36m* which is just £57 a year.
If you really want to save money, install a water meter. They are far more common in most other European countries and offer a fair way to pay for what you consume and introduces a financial incentive to save water. Metering causes households to be water efficient and evidence shows by fitting a meter consumption is reduced by 10%. It also can be combined with several other technologies to offer a good package.
Did you know?
The Environment Agency has developed a methodology for identifying and classifying relative levels of water stress in water company areas in England. The Government has used this map to designate areas of serious water stress for the purpose of accelerating water metering.