Queen of Bargains, including how to cut your water usage
You can reduce the amount of water you get through each day with these handy tips
There are great reasons to reduce the amount of water you use – it’s better for the environment and if you’re on a meter, it will save you cash, too. Here’s what you need to know: It all adds up You might be surprised to learn how much water you can conserve by making simple changes to your daily habits. If you turn the tap off while brushing your teeth instead of leaving it running, you could save up to six litres a minute, according to Friends of the Earth. So a family of four brushing for the recommended two minutes twice a day could save over 650 litres per week. A power shower typically uses up to 17 litres of water per minute, so if you can shave two minutes off the average 8-minutelong shower, that’s up to 34 litres saved per shower – or 238 litres a week per person if you shower daily.
If you need to replace your dishwasher or washing machine, check the appliances’ energy efficiency labels when shopping to see how much water each one uses. If you’re not changing your model, make sure you’re using the most water-efficient programme when setting it.
And, as the average UK household flushes the loo 5,000 times per year, consider investing in a modern dualflush system. They use around six litres per flush – or four litres when using the reduced flush, compared to 13 litres with old-style toilets. Alternatively, you can invest in a water-saving bag to put in your cistern to reduce the amount per flush, such as Hippo Water Savers (£4.99 for 2 from Amazon.co.uk) to cut your usage.
Let nature give you a helping hand in the garden and invest in a water butt to collect rainwater to use on plants. Some councils offer discounts on the water-saving devices so check with them before you splash out.