The best ways to save water at home
Water is one thing we simply can’t live without, a fact that makes our household water and sewerage bill an unavoidable expense.
Despite the cost of water decreasing in April, following year on year rises since 2018, most households will still face an annual average bill of £396.60 in 2020/21.
If you pay for the water you use by submitting a meter reading to your water provider – selected households pay a set water rate which isn’t determined by usage – saving water could save you some serious money.
Saving water isn’t just great for your finances. Conserving water at home is one of the best and easiest ways to be more environmentally friendly – especially if you live in an area with a water shortage.
Here we reveal the top tips that will help you save water, the planet, and money.
Wash your clothes wisely
One of the biggest ways you use water within the home is by washing your clothes. While upgrading to a washing machine that provides better efficiency is a good idea, you may not want to foot the bill for a new and often expensive piece of kit.
Whether you invest in an eco-friendlier washing machine or not, you can save water when washing.
Washing on colder, quicker cycles with a concentrated detergent will ensure your clothes are cleaned thoroughly without wasting tons of water.
Washing more clothes less often is another top tip that could save you time and money as Surf explains:
“One of the biggest wastes of water is using your machine unnecessarily. Filling a machine only halfway is not only a waste of water, it’s a waste of money too.
Waiting until you’ve got a full load means you’ll be using your machine a lot less. That’ll lead to plenty of savings over a year, both in terms of energy usage and the money you spend on bills.”
Fix those leaky faucets and pipes
Over time, leaks from faucets and pipes can be responsible for a huge amount of wasted water, yet leaks like these are usually cheap and easy to fix.
Complete those long overdue DIY jobs or call in a professional plumber to tackle those leaks and keep water waste to a minimum.
Take showers instead of baths
You may be surprised to hear that filling a bathtub uses far more water than enjoying a quick shower, even if you’re washing your hair!
You can save more by catching water in a bucket as you’re waiting for the shower to heat up. This bucket of water will come in handy when watering the plants, cleaning the windows, washing the car, or even flushing the toilet.
Save water when brushing your teeth
Another daily regime that uses a surprising amount of water is brushing your teeth. Turning off the tap when brushing can save approximately six litres of water a minute, which can represent huge savings on your water bill as well as big water and energy savings for the planet. You can use the same trick to save water when washing your hands too.
Prepare and refrigerate your drinking water
Most of us leave the tap running to achieve that cool, refreshing glass of water, but you don’t have to waste water to enjoy a great tasting drink whenever you want to hydrate.
Using a water filter will make every glass of water you drink tastier and healthier. Our drinking water filter systems successfully remove odours, sediment and impurities to ensure a purer drink.
You can even prepare a jug of filtered water and store it in the fridge to ensure it’s refreshingly cool.
Now you’ve conquered water conservation in your home, why not turn your attention to your garden? Read our guide to saving water in the garden and slash your water bill a little bit more.