The ‘smallest room in the house’ is where the majority of water is used so reducing the amount of water you use in the bathroom will go a long way to reduce your overall water consumption. Most of these tips therefore are bathroom based but there are ways to save water in the kitchen and garden too.
Reducing your household water consumption
1. Turn off the tap
When you’re brushing your teeth the tap doesn’t need to be on the whole time. Same goes for when you’re washing your face or your hands. Only turn the tap on when you need to rinse.
2. Take fewer baths
It’s an obvious one, but baths use far more water than an average length shower. If a bath helps to soothe sore muscles, maybe don’t fill it right to the top. Or like me, just have a shower.
3. Take shorter showers
The average shower takes around 9 minutes so just spend 2 minutes less time in the shower to dramatically reduce the amount of water your household uses. (Get a shower timer fitted to help).
4. Install water saving taps
If your taps are leaking anyway, why not install water saving taps instead of just fixing the leaky ones. These water saving taps reduce the flow of the water.
5. Use a shorter wash cycle
Using a shorter wash cycle uses less water and less energy Win win!
6. Wash a full load
As well as using a shorter wash cycle make sure you wash a full load. If you’re washing just a couple of items each wash you’re throwing money and water down the drain.
7. Use Washing up bowls
Many households in the UK still use washing up bowls. Although this is seen as very odd by people from other countries it seems like a good idea for everyone to start using them again. Using a washing up bowl just means that you use less water to do your washing up.
Which is better for the environment, a dishwasher or washing up by hand?
If you live alone and don’t use loads of dishes then a dishwasher is probably not required anyway, but for larger families a dishwasher can save water and energy. It’ll only save water and energy if you:
Make sure food is scraped off the plates before loading the dishwasher. Don’t rinse the dishes first as you’re just wasting water.
8. Collect rainwater
As well as collecting water from your shower to water your plants you can also collect rainwater. Why use fresh water from the taps when there’s readily available water from the sky?
9. Water plants in the morning
If you water your plants at the end of the day you’re more likely to lose some of that water to evaporation as it’s warmer than at the beginning of the day. Watering plants while the sun is still out can cause you to scorch your plants as well as waste water.
10. Avoid the hose
It’s really not necessary to use a hosepipe when washing your car but if you feel that you’re just not cleaning the car well enough at home find a local car wash that recycles the water.
11. Reusing Water used for cooking
If you boiled some vegetables and didn’t use the water for anything else then just wait for it to cool down and you could use that to water the garden too.
If you’re on a water meter then using some of these water saving techniques could seriously lower your next water bill. Not only that but less energy is required to treat the water so it’s much better for the planet as a whole.