20 Tips to Save on Your Water Bills
Don’t watch your money drain away with your water. Using water is an aspect of daily living that many of us take for granted, but just the occasional turn of the tap adds up to contribute to gallons of unnecessary water usage per month. Not only is this wasteful, but could also be damaging to your bank balance. Just a few changes to your daily routine could have a long-lasting effect on your water bills. That’s why we’ve put together these top tips to help you make big savings on your water bills.
- Try not to leave the shower running for the entire duration of your shower. Turn it on to initially to let the water run over your body, but then turn it off to perform steps such as shampooing.
- Install a low-flow or ‘eco’ shower head. These handy additions reduce the flow of water, but still produce an adequate amounts for a satisfactory shower. Also available for toilets are water displacement devices which are easily slotted into your toilet cistern, cutting the water used each time you flush.
- Whilst brushing your teeth, don’t leave the tap running for the entire two minutes. Instead, turn it on only when it’s needed.
- Double check your clothes to ensure that they are in need of a wash. Often items of clothing can be worn several times and still be in good condition, so ensure you’re getting enough wear out of your clothing before sending it to your washing machine.
- Make sure that you have a decent sized load to go in the washing machine. It is not worth wasting gallons of water on only a few shirts. Some washing machines possess settings for smaller or medium loads, so it might be worth investing in a model with this feature.
- If you are in need of a few small items to be cleaned, you could always quickly rinse them by hand in the sink.
- Install aerators onto the kitchen tap. These additions are easy to screw on and can act to reduce the flow of water without reducing water pressure.
- If you own a dishwasher, avoid pre-rinsing your crockery; that’s what the dishwasher is for! Instead just scrape away any excess food into the bin and pop the plates into the dishwasher.
- There is a huge array of dishwashers available on the market, many of which have different water settings to each other. Start as you mean to go on by purchasing a model that uses less water for cycles.
- Make the most of your kettle by using it to heat up water for small uses. This can prevent you from running excess water to achieve the right temperature.
- If possible, reuse chopping boards and utensils while cooking. However, you should avoid transferring implements between meat and vegetables, but in all other cases this is a handy method to decrease the washing up pile.
- Frozen foods are becoming the new norm, and often homeowners pour water on top of frozen foods to thaw them. Instead, save yourself gallons of water by taking your food out of the freezer in good time and allowing it to thaw naturally, and without the need for unnecessary water usage.
- Your plants need water to survive, but overwatering can actually damage the greenery in your garden. Read the instructions of any seeds you sow, and give them only as much water as they require. Also try and avoid watering in the heat of the day, as evapotranspiration will cause precious water to leave your plant rapidly.
- Make use of what nature provides by collecting rainwater for your plants. There are even special tanks and pumps available to purchase which convert rainwater into washing machine and dishwasher water.
- Be smart with the species you select. Try and choose hardy plants that are drought-resistant and require little water.
- If your outside maintenance routine includes hosing down the garage or pathways around your property, then it might be worth ditching the hose and bringing out the broom. Cleaning up debris is reasonably quick with this method, and saves you lots of water.
Pipes and taps
- Be quick to identify possible leaks or dripping taps, and call out a specialist, such as Jet Rod, to locate and fix them. If undetected, leaks can be incredibly costly if not repaired quickly. A few telltale signs of leaking pipes include a damp area of ground/grass or an unusual peak in your water bill.
- Insulation can make a world of difference to the heat retention of the pipe water. By insulating your water pipes you can cut the amount of time needed to run a tap before achieving the correct temperature.
- If you find yourself daydreaming in the shower, a shower timer could be just the thing to snap you out of your thoughts. Losing track of time in the bathroom can result in excess water trickling away, and this is something that can be easily be avoided with this handy gadget.
- Simple but effective, a water meter is becoming a popular addition in many homes around the world. This simple feature calculates and monitors your home’s water usage, allowing you to adjust your household behaviour accordingly.
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