In the current climate of ever increasing prices (almost daily in some cases) many people forget to monitor their water consumption.

Water is utility that we all take for granted, and we rarely give a second thought to how much we are using. And like everything else, water isn’t cheap! When I was writing this, I checked how much I pay, and it was a bit of an eye opener. It has made think seriously about how much water we waste, and I have been researching ways to save water. I’ve listed a few below. 

Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth. This is quite a big one. A running tap can use 9 litre’s of water a minute. And if you brush your teeth for the recommended 2 minutes, twice a day, that is potentially 18 litres of water wasted for every person in your house. Over a year, an average household with just two people in it, could potentially waste around 13,000 litres of water. That’s scary. That would fill a small swimming pool!

Take a shower instead of having a bath. On average, a 5 minute shower use around 40 litres of water. An average bath takes 90-100 litres, which is another significant saving over a year. 

Wait until you have a full load before using your washing machine or dishwasher. More modern washing machines use around 7 litres of water per wash, while a dishwasher uses 10-15 litres of water.

Use a water saving device in your toilet cistern. Depending on the size of your cistern, you could potentially save between 1-3 litres every time you flush. 

If you use a watering can in your garden, rather than a hosepipe or sprinkler system, you could save anywhere between 500 and 1000 litres of water per hour!! And you could save even more water by fitting a water butt to collect rainwater from your roof. They can store up to 200 litres of water, and as any keen gardener will tell you, rainwater is far superior to tap water when it comes to watering your plants. 

There are countless other ways to save water, and ultimately save money. If you know any others, please post them on our Facebook page:

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