Looking for ways to reduce utility bills while helping to save the planet? Our plumbing expert has tips for cutting your water usage.
This year has been anything but ordinary, and in times when money is tight and resources are running low – you may be looking for ways to lessen your environmental impact.
One of the ways you can reduce utilities and help to save planet earth is by reducing your water usage.
Simple changes can add up to big differences that don’t just help to save the planet. Here are a few tips for reducing your water usage:
- Turn off the taps. You can save several gallons of water a minute by turning the tap off while you brush your teeth.
- Short flush. Around one-third of all water used in the home goes down the toilet. If you have a dual flush system, make sure you use the short flush (usually the smaller button) when possible.
- Look for leaks. Regularly check your toilet for leaks. A leaking toilet can waste up to 26 gallons of water a day!
- Take a shower. Taking a bath using much more water than taking a shower. It may seem like the opposite, but once you consider how much water it takes to fill a tub you’ll see that a quick shower can in fact save you water usage.
- Wash a full load. Saving up your dirty clothes until your washing machine is full is better than doing two half loads. If you need to replace your washing machine, always try to buy one that has an A-rating for energy and water consumption.
- Use a dishwasher. Filling up a dishwasher until it’s completely full each time will save more water than doing the dishes by hand, even if you’re using a bowl. Similar to your washing machine, it’s always best to look for A-rated appliances.
- Only use what you need. If you’re cooking pasta or putting the kettle on…only filling the pan or the kettle with as much water as you need, rather than filling them right to the top, will help you to save water and cut down on electricity bills from using the stove or oven.
- Catch rainwater. Around 600 gallons of rainwater falls on the average roof in one year. Install a water butt in your garden to catch rainwater to water your plants with.
- Use a trigger hose gun. Watering your plants and borders with a hose can use a lot of water. Installing a trigger gun on the hose makes it easier to turn on and off the water supply, and control the flow.
- Stay hydrated. Water is essential to support healthy bodies and minds. Keep a jug handy in the fridge, so you don’t need to run the tap every time you want a drink.