Not only does reducing your water bill have a positive influence on your wallet, you’ll also feel good about the impact you’re having on the environment.However, knowing where to start when cutting your water bill can be a challenge, particularly as simply saying ‘use less water’ is very ambiguous.
Here are some great ideas that you can put into practice immediately that will help you enjoy significant water and financial savings.
Turn the Water Off
If you suspect you might have leaks or drips in various places around your home, turning off the main water valve is the simplest way to put a stop to it. That is only a short-term solution, however, and the obvious step you need to take is to hire a plumber so that you can prevent leaks and unnecessary water waste without having to turn the main supply tap off!
Look at Your Water Use
Think about the ways you use water around the home. The specific areas that you ought to consider are those responsible for the majority of your water use, which will be the bathroom, kitchen, and garden. What can you do in each of these locations?
Your bathroom is responsible for the majority of your water use in your home, predominantly from the toilet, but also from your shower and bath. Saving water when you flush the toilet is easy; simply call your water company and they’ll provide you with a device that reduces water flow by as much as a third.
By buying a shower flow controller from Agua Flux, you can also cut your water use in the shower by half. You’ll also save a small fortune on your energy bill, given that you’ll also be reducing your water heating needs by the same amount.
The biggest saving to be found here is in your own approach. You immediately need to stop cleaning dishes under running water and leaving the tap running to wash vegetables. Even running the cold tap before filling a glass of water can waste dozens of litres a day, so stop doing it!
Elsewhere, ensuring the dishwasher and washing machine are both full prior to using them will ensure you aren’t creating more unnecessary water wastage.
Buying a water butt to collect rainwater can reduce the water volume you take from the mains supply to zero, and if you live in the United Kingdom, you can also receive a rebate on your bill owing to the reduced ‘run off’ from your property. An alternative is to pave your garden, or buy plants that require very little watering.
Create a Savings Chart
This won’t save you water directly, but it will motivate you and everyone in your household to be mindful of your water use. How much money will you save, for example, by only spending five minutes in the shower? Get everyone together and create a fun chart of what you could buy with the savings; it might be an exciting new product for the home, or a family holiday.
Motivate everyone in your home, know what you need to do, and you’ll find yourself enjoying dramatic water savings now and in the future.
Image c/o Joseph Russell