If you would like to save water and cut down on your energy bills, investing in some nifty water gizmos may be the way to go. Rachel England at Ovo Energy explains:
“The average person in England and Wales uses 150 litres of water a day, mostly from washing and toilet flushing, and thanks to power showers and hungry household appliances, we use almost 50% more water than we did 25 years ago.”
There are lots of great little gadgets that are reasonably cheap to buy and some are even free, they will save you lots of cash on your water bill and make your home more eco friendly. Here are the top water gadgets available.
Water Pebble – This item is a small disc that sits near to the plughole in your shower. It is designed to memorise and measure the amount of water being used; the information is then stored and used to shorten your next shower. At the start of your shower the water pebble light will flash green, then half way through your shower it will start flashing amber and then turn red (very quickly) when you start using too much water. The pebble will time your showers so that you do not use water excessively. A family of four can collectively reduce their shower time by 3.5 minutes, saving around £180 per year. The pebble has a long battery life, lasting around 12 months.
Eco Showerdrop – This is a shower timer that is really easy to use and is an effective way of saving water by reducing your showering time. This simple little gadget will time your shower and bleep when it’s time for you to get out. The Eco Showerdrop is inexpensive to buy, costing under £6. This product is battery operated, fully waterproof and can be hung in the shower by a lanyard or it can be wall mounted.
The Hippo – If your toilet was installed before 2001, it uses three litres more water per flush than current ones. The toilet flushing accounts for around 30% of household water usage, installing a water Hippo will save about 3 litres of water every time the toilet is flushed. The Hippo is a type of polyethylene bag which sits in the water underneath the cistern float. When the toilet is flushed, the water confined in the bag is saved. The Hippo is cheap to buy and easy to fit, and is a fantastic gadget for saving lots of water!
Wheelie Bin Water Butt Conversion Kit – Turn your wheelie bin into a water butt with this powerful little kit. It includes everything you need to convert your wheelie bin and it’s really easy to use. All you need to do is drill a hole, and connect the tap; you then have a water butt to collect rainwater for your garden, or grey water from your home. The kit contains tap and washers, plus hose connector, and is a cheap way to collect and save water.
Bathwater Diverter Kit – Installing a bath water diverter is a great way of being eco friendly by reusing grey water. The used water that gets thrown away from your washing up bowl and bath will equal to gallons of wastewater. This water can be used for watering your garden, washing your car and cleaning. Don’t waste grey water, save it and put it to another use. The kits cost around £30 and are simple to fit.
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