As we approach a situation where all of the UK will soon have water meters installed, it is time that we looked at simple and easy ways of conserving as much water a possible. For those who do not have the pleasure of having a water meter, this may sound a little over the top, but it will save you substantial money in the long run – and you probably won’t realise you are doing it!
There are many ways to save water which include :
Water The Garden
Make sure that you water your garden at the coolest point of the day, whether this is first thing in the morning or last thing at night. The cooler the ground when you water your garden the more water the plants will receive and the less wastage from heat.
The change in washing machines over the last 10 years has been very marked, with shorter cycles, and the ability to wash smaller loads with ease. In order to make the best use of your water supply, it is essential that you only set your washing machine going when you have a full load. When you bear in mind how many gallons of water will pump through your machine every wash, just imagine the savings if you could reduce your usage by as little as 10%.
While many of us will have heard that constant ‘drip drip’ from the toilet, have you ever done anything about even the smallest of leaks, which could be costing you up to 200 gallons of water per day! It is therefore important you ensure that even the smallest leaks are repaired, and you will see a major reduction in your water usage from day one.
Brushing Your Teeth
Many of us will leave the tap running as we are brushing our teeth in the morning, resulting in water wastage which can mount up. When you bear in mind that the average tap will outflow 2 gallons of water per minute, those 2 minutes brushing your teeth everyday can result in substantial water wastage.
General Leaks And Drips
At some point in the year we will all have some kind of leak or drip in the house, whether this is the kitchen tap, the bath tap of even a leaky pipe under the sink. If left unattended, these small leaks have the potential to increase your water bill, with estimates that 10% of the average water bill is the result of leaky pipes or taps.
There seems to be no doubt that water meters are on the way to all in the UK, especially as the government continue their green crusade at the expense of the UK tax payer. It is essential that you fix those small leaks, stop the tap when you are not using it and ensure that you keep wastage to a minimum – it will save you money in the long run!