In the home
The most obvious and easiest place for you to start saving water is in your home. By making small changes to your daily habits, you can make a big difference to the amount of water you use.
Around three quarters of a household's energy use relates to heating and hot water, for example, in baths or showers or for washing clothes. By taking simple steps to use water wisely families should see a reduction in their energy bills and metered customers should also see a reduction in their water bills.
The following tips are simple and effective. Most of them you can start doing today while others may take a little planning but a little effort from each household can add up to a huge reduction in water use across our region.
|In the kitchen|
|►||Use a bowl of water to wash vegetables or clean dishes. Never leave taps running|
|►||If you do need to run a tap, turn it down to a trickle - it will work just as well and use up to 50% less water|
|►||Save washing-up until you have a full load to do|
|►||New washing machines and dishwashers can use 50% less water than some older machines. Always check before you buy|
|►||Only use your washing machine when you have a full load. Choose the eco-cycle if your machine has this option|
|►||Combination boiler? Run your hot tap slowly and choose times when the heating is turned on to minimise the cold water that runs to waste before the hot comes through|
|In the bathroom |
|►||Take a shower rather than a bath but beware - a power shower uses twice as much water as a bath, so make sure you only have a quick shower|
|►||Wait until you are ready before turning on your shower. Cut your time by using a shower timer and save up to 10 litres or more per minute|
|►||If you have a mixer shower, fit a ShowerSave and reduce the flow rate to six litres per minute|
|►||Use a plug in the basin for washing and a glass of water for cleaning your teeth|
|►||Try a low water use micro-fibre cloth for all surface cleaning in the bathroom and around the house|
|In the toilet|
|►||Older toilet? Fine tune your flush to save water every time|
|►||Fit a dual-flush cistern or convert your existing cistern. Make sure all the family know how to use it correctly|
|►||Check the water level in all cisterns at least once a year. Adjust the float lower to reduce the level|
|►||Check none of the overflows are running outside - look out for wet patches on paths|
|►||Many modern toilets have overflows that run into the toilet pan which you should check regularly. Try a coloured toilet freshener in the cistern to help spot a leaking overflow. |
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