Here are some water saving tips to help cut your usage.
There are lots and lots of ways to cut your water bill. Some of these also help you cut other energy bills, too, such as gas or electricity.
By using less water you are also helping cut carbon emissions away from your home; your water provider will benefit from reduced energy demands too.
Clearly it is in all our interests to try to conserve water at home.
Here’s a shortlist of ways to cut your water usage.
Picture above: Every town and city uses lots of water, sometimes even for entertainment and keeping tourists happy! This is the wonderful bicycle sculpture in Bruges, Belgium.
Install low flush toilets and if this is not an option in the short term, install a plastic “hippo” or similar device which limits the water of each flush. These items are placed in the cistern and displace a certain amount of water so that each flush is smaller. They work well in old-fashioned toilets that have unnecessarily large cisterns. A brick is said to work equally well! Alternatively, fill a simple plastic container with a waterproof lid with water and place it in the cistern.
Install reduced water shower heads to avoid wasting water when showering. If your shower is particularly powerful you may be able to save water this way. I’ve not done this, as our shower is already quite weak. If you have a quite powerful electric shower which heats up quickly, a reduced water shower head will save both electricity and water.
Domestic taps can also be changed for low-flow versions.
It goes without saying that minor leaks and dripping taps need dealing with if you really want to cut your water bill. Monitoring your meter may be helpful in detecting hidden water losses. Replace faulty washers or replace the whole tap if need be.
Prevention is best
Avoid leaks occurring in winter by lagging vulnerable taps and pipes. Most hardware outlets sell lagging materials. As a temporary solution, bubble-wrap, old clothes cut into strips or even paper will provide some protection. Securing a plastic bag filled with paper or polystyrene peanuts around the whole tap can offer some protection. Tape it in place to prevent wind damage.
You can buy purpose made faucet protection.
Use a steam mop or steam cleaner for washing floors; they are fairly miserly with water. Some types can also be used for cleaning carpets and furnishings. Even clothes can be spruced up and refreshed with a steam clean, saving on water used again because you can substitute this for a full wash in some cases.
Use grey water wherever practical - for example for flushing the loo, or for watering plants. Grey water is usable water from washing and other domestic usage. Using grey water for garden watering is quite practical. See my page here for more on this and other garden water saving tips.
For grey water recycling you need a siphon so that you are not messing about with buckets of water. These are available from a number of outlets. Amazon has syphons on sale but they are not specialised for this purpose.
For more on water saving please also see this page on water conservation in the garden.
Water Saving Tips for Your Home
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