Everyday living can be quite expensive, especially when you have a family. We all know that feeling when an unexpected bill drops the through letterbox and drains the bank account. But there are simple ways that we can knock a few pounds off our bills by making just a few simple adjustments. To get you started here are 5 ways to save on water costs.
1 Walk-In Shower
Showers, in general, are more efficient than running a bath. An average bath can use up to 100 litres of water. Imagine if there are at least 4 of you taking a bath daily. That’s 2800 litres of water used per week! You could add a little luxury to your bathroom and have a walk-in shower fitted and yet still use less water than a bath would. There is the extra option of having a water saving shower head fitted. An eco shower head adds air into the water flow, which then reduces the flow rate.
It may be surprising but a standard dishwasher uses much less water than if you were to wash the same load by hand. A dishwasher with a full load will use around 10-15 litres to wash it. To wash the same amount up in the sink would use around 49 litres.
Using a dishwasher can dramatically lower your utility bills as they use a fraction of the electricity and water needed that would be required to wash up by hand. A lot of dishwashers nowadays have an ECO setting. This can be used if your washing up isn’t all that dirty, which will save you even more money in the long run. In fact, you could save £70+ per year by owning a dishwasher.
3 Water Butts
I love gardening and you can often find me in our garden pottering about. It’s really nice because my eldest enjoys it too. I have always encouraged him to get involved with what I am doing, such as planting our seeds in the greenhouse, or doing some potting or how we can be eco-friendly by using the compost bin. Another way we like to be eco-friendly is by using a water butt in our garden. It’s great to be able to recycle rainwater and use it to water the plants. A water butt can hold enough water to fill a water can up to 25 times. That’s some serious savings there! Especially if you are on a water meter at home. Certainly worth investing in one if you too like gardening.
4 Water Saving Toilet Device
Every time you flush the toilet it uses around 9 litres of water. You can have a device fitted such as the Hippo water saver and cut down instantly on the amount of water used with each flush. They are really simple to install, and you don’t need any tools to fit it. Simply put into the cistern and position under the ballcock. Doing this can save up to 3 litres of water with every flush. These are provided free by some water suppliers.
5 Maintain Your Taps
So much water can be wasted by having a leaky tap so get it fixed sooner rather than later. You can also have an aerator fitted which will slow down the rate at which the water flows and minimises splashing. Tap aerators are provided free of charge by various water suppliers. There are also other water saving devices available free of charge, such as low flow showerheads, shower timers, toilet leak detection kits, waste fat bins and much more. It is definitely worth getting in touch with your water supplier to see if they participate, and you can start lowering those utility bills!
Do you have any water saving tips that can slash costs on your bill?
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