Easy ways to save water to cut household bills. Help protect our planet by following six simple steps in your daily routines.
- Don’t buy bottled water
Bottled water can be more expensive than petrol! By using tap water you can cut your household shopping bill by hundreds every year. Not keen on the taste’? Why not buy a filter jug or even look at buying a filtered tap. In the medium term it will save you money.
- Deal with the drip
Did you know that a dripping tap can waste over 5000 litres of water in a year. At current prices this would save you £10 a year on average … Not a fortune guaranteed, but for the sake of tightening a fixing or replacing a washer (which cost pence} its literally money down the drain.
- Water your garden with a watering can
Don’t water the plants in your garden with a hose. A hosepipe can use 1.000 litres of water an hour so a cheaper way to tend to plants is using a watering can. Another top tip is to mulch plants with bark chippings. straw or compost to prevent evaporation in warmer months
- Reduce shower time by 1 minute
We all know that a quick shower can save you money. compared to fulling a whole bath. But did you know that just by cutting a shower by l minute it could save you £8 a year? If everyone in your family of 4 did this it would cut annual bills by £75.00
- Use water saving devices
Many water boards and energy trusts now offer free/ discounted products to help you save water in the home. From aerated attachments to your taps that cut your water flow in half to devices to put in your toilet cistern to use less water during a flush. Contact your local Energy trust or water board to see what is available.
- Install water butts in the garden
Many councils, water boards and Energy trusts can provide cheaper or subsidised water butts for use in your garden. Connect to a down•pipe on your house or shed to allow you to collect rain water. A water butt can collect around 5000 litres a year, allowing you to water plants, wash your car and windows for free!