Owls Hall Environmental has collected a number of tips to help you save water at home. We’ve covered a range of water-saving ideas, from little changes you can make to your routines through to more efficient ways to use water in your garden.
In a period of increasingly unpredictable weather and damaging climate change, saving water where we can helps to ease the strain on Britain’s water supply. Our tips will also help you save money if you have a water meter and could also cut down on your gas and electricity bills.
Ways to save water
Turn your tap off whilst brushing your teeth or shaving, this can save 6 litres of water per minute.
Place a cistern displacement device in your toilet, this reduces your water usage per flush, you can get them here.
Take shorter showers – showers can use up to between 75 litres of water every 5 minutes.
Always insert full loads into your washing machine and dishwasher.
Fix a dripping tap – a dripping tap can waste 15 litres of water a day, or 5,500 litres of water a year.
Run shallower baths – by running your bath just an inch shorter you can save on average 5 litres of water.
Install a water butt to your drainpipe so you can use it for watering plants, cleaning your car and washing your windows. A water butt can collect around 5,000 litres a year.
Install a water metre so when you’re paying your utility provider for exactly how much water you used (which is laid out in an itemised bill), there’s an incentive to waste less.
Why is water conservation important?
Water is one of our most precious resources. We take it for granted, and with the population increasing and our climate becoming drier, saving water is becoming more and more vital to the sustainability of our planet. We can all help reduce water waste by making small behavioural changes and by choosing more water-efficient products. With the average person in the UK using an astonishing 150 litres each day, it’s never been more important to conserve water.