7 ways to waste less water at home
By Abi Jackson. Published 2021-02-09BOLD-Living
Want to flush out some of those wasteful habits at home? Abi Jackson taps into some easy ways to be more water-aware.
Fix dripping tapsNot only is a dripping tap really annoying, but, according to the Energy Saving Trust, they account for around 5,500 litres of water waste a year. So don’t leave leaky taps to drip on for ages – tighten them up yourself if you can or get a plumber in to fix them.
Don’t leave the tap running when brushing your teethTend to leave the tap running while brushing your teeth? That’s around six litres of water per minute just washing wantonly down the plughole. This is one of the simplest bad habits to break – just wet your brush, turn off the tap, then turn it back on quickly at the end to rinse. You’ll quickly get used to it.
Use a washing-up bowlThe same principle applies to doing the washing-up. Filling a bowl tends to use considerably less water than washing each item under a running tap. Plus, as ENGIE points out, washing up twice a day with a bowl, instead of leaving the hot tap running, could save around £25 a year on your gas bill and around £30 a year on your water bill (if you have a water meter).
Don’t leave hot water running for ages to ‘heat it up’You like a nice hot shower – who can blame you! But we really don’t need to turn the water on a good five or 10 minutes before getting in (if it really does take this long for your water to heat up, isn’t it time to get the boiler checked?). Nobody’s saying you need to stop having baths, or you should be taking cold showers; just make sure the water you’re running is being used, not mindlessly wasted.
Switch to a low-flow toilet flushOlder toilets can use around 13.6 litres of water per flush, while more efficient modern ones, or ones with low-flow fixtures installed in the plumping, can reduce this to an average six litres per flush – so it’s worth ensuring your loo is operating on low-flow mode.
Gather rain water for gardeningAs many gardeners will know, hosepipe bans do happen, but a good solution for trimming water waste in the garden is by investing in a suitable means of collecting rain water. There are a number of solutions out there for this – tap up Google or ask at your local garden centre for advice.
Be mindful of dishwasher/washing machine useIf you really must run a small load through the dishwasher/washing machine, use those eco and half-load settings (your energy bills will thank you too). Better still, try to get into the habit of being a bit more mindful of how frequently you’re putting on a wash. For instance, you really don’t need a fresh towel with every bath/shower (keep the room well ventilated and hang them up to air), and if you’re in the habit of tossing things into the laundry basket on auto-pilot, consider whether each item could last another wear or two (common sense of course – this doesn’t extend to underwear and sweaty vests!).
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7 ways to waste less water at home
Want to flush out some of those wasteful habits at home? Abi Jackson taps into some easy ways to be more water-aware.By Abi Jackson, 2021-02-09