You don’t have to be an environmental activist wearing a badly home-knitted cardigan to want to save the planet and its resources. Your motives may be financial rather than ecological but we all know that saving water can help your pocket and the planet.
Don’t flush it all away
In water terms the toilet is the greatest spendthrift you have in your house. It is there just throwing your water away like some sort of mad person with their first credit card. It just doesn’t care how much water it wastes with each flush, it just keeps wasting water.
A good third of the water you use is used by your toilet. This might not sound pleasant but you don’t have to flush after you urinate. Just close the lid and wait for a more suitable time to get rid of your waste.
There are some excellent water saving toilets on the market such as dual flush toilets which have different settings so you don’t always need to use the full flush.
Watch for leaks
This is an obvious way to save water. Some water companies are not brilliant at keeping an eye on their leaks but that is no reason why you should not make sure you prevent leakage occurring in your house.
Keep an eye out for simple things like dripping taps and shower heads. If you think you have a leak in your system get a plumber in because it will make your system work more efficiently.
My partner used to have the tap running while she cleaned her teeth. I pointed out that she did not need to do this. It was a habit she had picked up from childhood. It might not seem much but by stopping yourself doing little things like this can make a big difference to the amount of water you use.
Save in the Shower
In times of drought we are always told to have a shower rather than a bath. While sitting in your bath can be relaxing and fun your shower uses far less water.
Showers are also quicker and save energy as well as water. This will, in turn, save you money. You will save more if you turn the shower off while you lather or shampoo.
There are also gadgets you can try like water saving shower heads and there is a gizmo that tells you when you have used a certain amount of water.
The best way to really control your water usage is to install a water meter. Depending on the number of people in the household this device can save you hundreds of pounds.
Basically, the more conscious people are of the water they are using the more careful they are with most precious of natural resources.