With the prospect of increased droughts, resources becoming increasingly scarce and the world warming up, saving water is a topic that is discussed and debated more frequently.
We’re all well aware why, from both a moral and environmental perspective, we should become more efficient in how we use water. However, aside from these issues, being more efficient is also a fantastic way of saving money. Therefore when redesigning your bathroom, taking water efficiency into account has more or less become a necessity.
New bathroom equipment is specifically created with water efficiency at the heart of its design. Using aerated showers and taps, for example, that maintain the same pressure as standard equipment without wasting as much water means that you don’t have to sacrifice your bathroom rituals.
By simply taking more showers than baths, you can save both water and cash.
10 top water saving tips
However, although this inevitably saves some water, there are still plenty of ways that you can save even more- and therefore even more money. Here’s our top ten water saving tips for your bathroom and beyond:
1. Check frequently for leaks
They occur more often than you think and even a little leak can waste a lot of water.
2. Reduce the amount of time you spend in the shower
We all like taking a nice long shower here and there, but the trick is viewing it as a bit of a treat.
3. Relax with a nice long bath, just not every day
For those daily washes, taking a quick shower, rather than a deep soak, will save you time and money.
4. Use water-efficient equipment
Aerated shower heads (can save you up to £100 a year) and taps means you get the feeling of the same flow and the same pressure, without wasting the water.
5. Turn off taps
You may not always consider it, but turning your taps off properly can save bucket loads of cash and water.
6. Don’t throw rubbish down the toilet
Typical examples include cotton pads, makeup tissues and sanitary towels. It may save you a moment but wastes precious water. Put them in the bin instead.
7. Try using a cistern displacement device
Estimates suggest that you could save up to 5,000 litres of water a year. What’s more you can get them for free from most water companies.
8. Buy a toilet with a dual flush system
Most dual flushes come with 4/6 litre flushes. This means you only ever use what you need. In comparison to standard flush systems, this could save you up to 5,000 litres of water every single year.
9. When you’re having a shave or brushing your teeth, turn the tap off when you don’t need it
Simply by doing it when brushing your teeth can save an amazing 8,500 litres of water a year.
10. Turn the pressure down when you’re taking a shower
You’d be surprised at how much extra water you use when the pressure is on full. If you've got an aerated shower it shouldn't make much difference to feel of the flow.
There are many other ways that you save water, most of the time it comes down to small changes in habits that add up to make a big difference.