It's Water-Saving Week, an annual event aiming to raise awareness of the issue of water use.
Many of our energy bills have increased due to the rise in the energy price cap since April 1, 2022 with the average direct debit default energy bill has increased by 54%, according to Action for Warm Homes. With 6.5million households estimated to be in fuel poverty since then, making simple changes to how we use water can help reduce any wastage and save money spent on energy, particularly through hot water use.
It is essential to recognise that every drop counts whether it's a leaking tap, one too many baths, or overfilling the kettle. So, making small changes to our every day habits can make a big difference.
Snub the tub
After a long day, a nice bath can be just the thing you need as a way to relax and unwind.
However, too many baths can prove to be costly. By swapping at least one bath a week for a five-minute shower, you’ll not only be saving water, but you may save money on both your water and gas bills too.
Replace your shower head
We may not think it ourselves, but it is important to replace your shower head every six to eight months particularly if you live in a hard water area.
Hard water can cause sediment, mould and sometimes black spots can build up, becoming home to harmful bacteria.
Changing your shower head to a water-efficient one will help reduce the amount of water you use in the shower by regulating the flow and aerating the water.
A quick shower
It may seem simple, yet we can often forget how those extra few minutes in the shower often add up.
Start by spending one minute less in the shower each day, (a small change) that could make a big difference.
You can also, invest in a shower timer, so you don’t get too carried away and only shower for as long as you need to.
Turn off the taps
When brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your hands or face, make sure to turn your tap off rather than leave it running.
Turning off your taps is one of the simplest ways that can contribute to saving water.
Even a dripping tap can amount to a bigger waste if it is leftover time. So, you may want to look into replacing your tap(s) if this problem persists.
Fill up your dishwasher
We are often guilty of running small washes for our dishes, however, only making the dishwasher half-full uses up a lot of water we may not realise.
To make sure you are getting the most out of the wash, make sure the dishwasher is loaded in full before switching it on for the cycle.
And don’t forget, you can pop it on an eco-setting (if your machine has one), for an even more efficient cycle.
Use a bowl when washing up
We may not all have a handy dishwasher to rely on or just have a few plates and cups in need of a quick clean.
Rather than leaving the tap running, invest in a sink bowl instead.
They are not only cost-effective but a great way to save water, so you can make sure that the tap stays off and that you have enough water in the bowl for the washing up you need to do.
Be careful with your cuppa.
It can be a habit when going to make a cuppa, that we fill the kettle up until it is full. When actually, kettles don’t need to be filled all the way when making yourself a single cup of tea or coffee.
Pick out your favourite mug, fill it with water and then transfer that to the kettle. Not only will you save energy (and keep that electricity usage down) but your kettle will boil much quicker.
Adding some of these changes gradually to your routine may seem small to begin with but will make a bigger difference long term to your water usage and the pennies saved on your water and gas bills too.
If you found this article helpful, you can find more hints and tips on how to save water with your other appliances here.