As well as saving you buckets of money on your utility bills, watching your home water usage is hugely beneficial to the environment and can help prevent water pollution, reduce soil saturation and ease the burden on national water demand. To help you make your home a waste free zone, we've come up with a list of handy tips, hints and facts that will inspire you to stop those drips, fix those leaks and conserve H20 in any way possible!
Leaky faucets and pipes are one of the key culprits when it comes to water wastage and can compromise up to 75 litres of water a day!
Only use the toilet as a toilet
According to WaterWise UK, toilets account for around 30% of total household water usage with most requiring around 13 litres per flush. That means that every time you use your toilet to flush a cigarette butt, a scrap of paper or any other unnecessary item that could be put in the bin, you're wasting a whole lot of H20!
Check for toilets leaks
The best way to do this is to put a few drops of food colouring into your toilet tank. Wait 30 minutes and if the colour has seeped through into the bowl, you have a problem. Luckily, most replacement parts are cheap, readily available and easy to install.
Check your water meter
If you suspect you have some leakage issues but aren't 100% sure, enlist the help of your water meter. Take a measurement, ensure no water is used for around two hours and then re-read the meter. If the number has risen, it's time to start searching for the source of the problem!
Installing water saving shower heads is one of the most effective ways you can save water. According to recent research, daily showers account for more than a quarter of total UK water usage! This means there is huge potential to improve, with water saving shower heads proven to use up to 43% less water. Mira has a fantastic range that will make your shower both chic and water savvy. Team it with shower wall panels for a smart, hygienic and stylish bathroom.
Cut down on shower time
Building on the topic of showers, cutting down your time in the bathroom can help to save hundreds of litres of water. Another common water crime is cleaning your shower while you wash which can double the total tap run time. To help cut down on wastage, why not browse Mira shower wall panels for a durable and leak proof shower wall solution that makes cleaning quick, easy and efficient?
Don't run the tap while you brush your teeth
This is something that countless Brits across the country are guilty of! It is completely unnecessary to leave the tap running and should be avoided at all costs.
Only run your dishwasher on full loads
There is nothing quite as wasteful as putting your dishwasher on a full cycle for only a handful of dirty dishes. Not only does this waste water but it will also see your electricity bill soar! Instead, run a bowl of hot soapy water and wash the items by hand.
Mulch your trees and plants
The garden is one of the key areas that guzzles up water like there's no tomorrow. Yes, you need to keep your plants hydrated but you'll be surprised at how much less attention they need with a layer of mulch that will help retain moisture, discourage weed growth and minimise run off.
Water your lawn wisely
Some people like to water their lawn on a daily basis, whether it needs it or not. If you have a sprinkler system in place, don't run it aimlessly as this can result in huge wastage, especially if it has just rained.
Water in the morning or late afternoon
Choosing to water your garden at the right time can work wonders for your water meter. Drenching your plants at the height of midday will result in increased evaporation and the need for additional watering. In contrast, watering when it is cooler will help your plants retain water and minimise the need for multiple soaks throughout the week.
Armed with these useful facts, it's time to go forth and make your home as water conscious as possible! The benefits on offer are huge and will help keep your bills down while simultaneously saving the natural environment.