Water saving tips

Water is a very precious resource.

In your home

By making small changes in your home, you can make a big difference and reduce the amount of water you use.

In the kitchen

Washing machine

When doing the laundry wait until you have a full load. This can save up to eight litres per property per day. Always use the half load setting when it is necessary to wash less, but remember that two half load cycles use more water than one full load cycle. When replacing your washing machine, look at the eco-labels for energy consumption and water consumption and make sure that you buy one that is A rated.

Dishwasher

Always make sure you have a full load before you switch on the machine. This can save 2 litres per property per day. Wash up in a bowl if you only have a few things to wash. When replacing your dishwasher, look at the eco-labels for energy consumption and water consumption and make sure that you buy one that is A rated.

Taps and sinks

10% of water used in households is used by the kitchen sink. Use a bowl when washing up by hand, instead of running the tap. This can save 18 litres of water per property per day. 10% of your household water usage is accountable to your sink.

Regularly check for dripping taps and to replace worn washers when necessary. Did you know that a single dripping tap could waste as much as 9 litres of water per property per day?

Cleaning vegetables and rinsing recycling does not require a full flow rate. Either use a bowl of water which will save seven litres of water per property per day, or fit a tap adaptor to allow a spray flow.

Kettle

If you are making a drink, fill the kettle with only the water you need. This will save energy as well as water.

Drinking water

Water is essential to maintain healthy bodies and minds. Store tap water in a covered container in the fridge and that way you won′t need to run to the tap each time you need a cold drink, any chlorine taste will disappear too.

In the bathroom

Toilet

Approximately one third of all water used in the home goes down the toilet. Many toilets installed before 2001 have large cisterns which flush more water than is needed. By simply placing a Save-a-flush in the cistern you can save one litre per flush. If you have a newer toilet with a dual flush system make sure you use the short flush when possible to avoid unnecessary wastage.

Never use the toilet as a bin. Sewers are not waste disposal units. They are designed to carry water, liquid and solid bodily waste and toilet paper but increasing amounts of litter are being flushed down the toilet. So, think before you flush and if it doesn′t need to go down the sewer put it in a bag and put it in your bin.

Showers and baths

A bath can use as much as 80 litres. Taking a shower instead of having a bath can save around 10 litres of water per person per day. However, if you have a power or a pumped shower this can use more water than a bath.

By reducing your time in the shower you can save up to 18 litres of water per property per day. This also depends on the type of shower.

Basins

Don’t leave the tap running when you brush your teeth; this can waste up to six litres of water each time. Put a plug in the basin when washing or shaving. This will save up to 12 litres of water per property per day.

Frozen pipes

Frost may look pretty but a cold, frosty spell can cause pipes to freeze, and then burst. If there is a freeze, and then a thaw, burst pipes will waste water and could also result in damage to furniture or property. A few simple precautions can help keep everything safe and dry.

If you are leaving a building unattended in winter set your heating to come on for short periods every day. Make sure you know where your stopcock is and check that it works. Ensure that pipes and tanks in the loft are lagged, mend any dripping taps and overflows and check the loft tank lid – it should be insulated and fit properly. Lag pipes in unheated outhouses and garages and, if possible, turn off the supply to the garden, garage and outhouse taps and drain the pipes in winter. If you are going away for a long period it is best to turn off your water at the stopcock and drain pipes and tanks.

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