How to Decrease Water Usage in Your Home
When you want to cut the amount of water that you are using in your home each day, there are some simple steps that you can take to make sure your home is water efficient. From buying new showerheads to stopping annoying drips, you can use practical ways to decrease your water consumption. Review some of the ideas below to see which ones you can use in your home to make your water bill more affordable.
Showers and Baths
One of the most economical ways to decrease water usage in your home is to invest in a shower/bath combination. This provides you with the ability to take either a shower or bath depending on your preference. The Carron Axis Bath collection offers a bathtub made from quality materials that holds the heat in your water longer so that you can enjoy your hot bath without having to add more water. After you have finished bathing you can use the water from your tub to water the house plants or flowers in your garden. Think about investing in a showerhead that will conserve water and look for a shower that has a timer feature that you can use to control the amount of time that you spend in the shower.
Fix Dripping Taps
A tap that is always dripping can waste up to 5,500 litres of water in your home. If you fix these taps immediately, imagine the amount of money that you can save. Washers are generally inexpensive to fix when they cause dripping taps, but the water waste in this part of your home can add up to £18 yearly. You can always invest in water efficient taps or tap aerators which tend to be simple and cheap fixes that you can handle.
Brush Your Teeth without Running Water
Did you know that as you brush your teeth with the tap running you are wasting about 6 litres of water each minute? Remember to turn off your tap whilst you’re brushing your teeth. This could amount to quite a savings if everyone in the UK did this simple thing each day.
Washers and Dishwashers
Doing a full load of dishes or clothes can save you a great deal of water each time you use them. Instead of doing half a load of clothes, wait until you have enough laundry to fill up the machine. You should also look at your owner’s manual for cycles that help to save water usage. Get familiar with the cycles on your dishwasher and remember to wash only a full load of dishes when you run it. To save even more water, avoid using the Pre-Rinse cycle since your model is probably very efficient at cleaning dirty dishes.
Pipes and Leaks
Frequently check the pipes under your sinks and around your home for leaks that can cause water waste. Repair them immediately or, if you aren’t proficient at doing this type of work, hire a trusted plumber to do the work for you. Know where the main valve for your home is so that in an emergency you can cut it off immediately.
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