Often people visit this site wanting to find ways to save water and drive down the costs of their annual water bills. It is not really that hard to do, it is about being smart and ensuring your home is setup to save water in an efficient and environmentally friendly way.
Saving water will reduce your water bills, it will also help the environment – if you are like me, the idea of saving the environment comes across as a rather big task, yet the idea of wanting to save money is much more digestible.
So with that said, lets look at some products that can be used to help save water around the house;
Water saving shower heads
A water saving shower head uses about 9 litres a minute as opposed to the standard shower head which uses around 25 litres per minute. That is a saving of around 16 litres every minute, or for a five minute shower 78 litres. That will save you a lot of money on water just there!
Dual flush toilet systems
When you were a kid, were you ever told to vary which flush button you pressed depending on the present you delivered to the toilet? We were, and it will easily save you many litres of water per day. Give it a try, half flush for number 1’s – full flush for number 2’s.
Rain water tanks
A little birdy from the rain water industry told me that although it is an enviro friendly method of storing water, it does not really save you a lot of money per year. Disregarding this, it is a great way to have water on demand to enable you to water your garden, wash your car or even hose concrete – things that are becoming much harder to do with everyday tap water.
I am not quite sure of the numbers, but the other day my washing machine decided to draw its last breath – it wasn’t until I was hunting for a new one did I realise that my 10 year old washing machine was churning through water with every wash compared to that of the energy efficient new models. It might be worthwhile swapping your machine for a new one – it will use less water, lower your water bill and if your machine is like my old one, stop tearing your nice new clothes.
Shower timers and buckets
Using a timer in the shower is designed to do one thing, cut the time of each shower down. Doing this will save you money and allow you to limit yourself to smaller showers that are recommended by the water authorities. I suggest using a sand hour glass that sticks to the window of the shower, it will take around 2-5 minutes to empty depending on the size you buy. I suggest 3 minute showers, so get in there and get busy!
Another great way of conserving water in the shower is by having a bucket in the corner, this will collect any unused water and allow you to use it for watering your plants or garden.
Share your water saving tips
We would be interested to hear your water saving tips – do you have any unknown little examples that could help reduce the water usage around the house?