On average, each person in the United Kingdom uses an estimated 150 litres of water in 24 hours, and much of this is unnecessarily wasted. Daily bad habits such as running taps while brushing your teeth may seem like trivial worries, but it’s routines such as this which over a year can increase household expenses.
In fact, according to the Energy Saving Trust, around 30 per cent of the average household’s heating bill is spent on heating water, costing around £200 per year.
By carrying out simple day to day measures, you can not only save on water, but also cut down your carbon footprint and help to fight climate change. With this is mind, BestBathrooms.com takes a look at the most useful tips and advice surrounding this subject.
Saving Water at the Sink
- Turn off water while brushing your teeth.
- When washing your hands, running water for the recommended 15 seconds uses approximately 41.69 ounces of water on average.
- Turning off the water while you lather typically uses 11.26 ounces of water.
- Fix any dripping taps, you can waste 90 litres a week if you don’t. (Read our blog on repairing leaks here.)
Saving Water at the Toilet
- Install a low flushing toilet.
- Fit a water saving device in your cistern to save when flushing, this can save you three litres a flush.
Saving Water in the Shower
- According to the Energy Saving Trust, if a four person family replaces their inefficient shower head with a high flow rate to a water efficient one they could save as much as £75 quid off their water bills each year if they have a water meter. That’s a total saving of £125.
- If you have baths only fill them by half.
Author: Laura Davis