Saving water is not only great for our planet, but it will also lower your monthly bills. We’re all guilty of leaving our taps on and having a longer shower than we need. But simply getting into the habit can make all a difference which is what this article is all about. Your local plumber will also say the same. Saving water, money and the planet is a “win-win” situation.
We’ve got a few different ways you can save water so let’s dive in and get started.
Install a Water Butt and Make The Most of It
A water butt is a large container that resembles a barrel that’s used to catch and store rainwater. When placed directly underneath a downpipe or gutter, it collects any water that lands on your roofs which can be used whenever you need it. If used during the colder months, water butts can come in really useful when the summer hits and water becomes scarce.
Whether you buy a small wall-mounted butt or a large freestanding container, you’ll quickly discover the multiple advantages these rain saving devices can bring to your home. Did somebody say that a water butt can save you a lot of money too?
Take Shorter Showers
On average, a standard shower uses over 10 litres of water every single minute. This means that if you have a 10-minute shower, you’re wasting a shocking 100 litres of water. Simply reducing the time you spend in the shower can make a huge difference to the amount of water you use and you’ll certainly see an impact on how much your water bill is too.
Use Your Dishwasher or Buy One
One of the best ways of saving as much water as possible is by ditching that sponge and washing up bowl. A dishwasher uses over 70% less water than cleaning by hand and will save you so much more time to do things a little bit more exciting than spending your time by the sink multiple times a day.
Wait for a Full Load of Washing
When it comes to cleaning your clothes, doing a full load will use less energy and water than three loads. Wait until you have enough dirty washing to do one big load, and in the meantime, you could simply freshen up a particular piece of clothing with some deodorant.
Turn Your Taps Off
Even though we’re all aware that we should do this, it can be hard to get into the habit of turning our taps off when we don’t need them. This can be especially hard if you’re running behind or frantically trying to get your children ready for school. Running a tap for just one minute uses over six litres of water, so a really effective way of saving water (and money!) is by turning your taps whenever you’re not using them.
Store Bottles of Water in Your Fridge
We totally get it! There’s nothing better than a refreshing glass of cold water on a hot day. But you probably waste a lot more water than you think during the summer months. Instead of running your tap until it goes cold, simply having pre-filled bottles or a jug of water in your fridge can help you save loads of water.
Don’t Waste Leftover Cooking Water
Yes, we know what you’re thinking. Saving your cooking water sounds a little bizarre. Whenever you cook rice, pasta, or vegetables, don’t let the water go to waste. Instead, let the water cool right down and then use it to feed your plants. The water will be packed with minerals which your plants will love you for.
Spot Clean Your Flooring
You’ll want to keep your home clean and deep cleaning your kitchen floor will certainly form part of the process. But for minor spillages and wear and tear marks, leave your mop and bucket in the cupboard and use a cloth instead. This can help you save a lot of water because you won’t need to fill up your bucket.
Start Saving Water and Money Today
And there you go. Simple ways you can save water and money. The tips we’ve shared won’t affect your daily routine but can make a huge difference to your water usage/wastage.