With World Water Day coming up on the 22nd March, we will celebrate the contributions that water makes to sustainable development, social well-being and growth. This year, acknowledge its importance with us at Pump Sales Direct by taking five effective steps to save money on your water bill.
1. Switching from Rates to Metered
Paying rates monthly depends on the value of your home and not how much water you use, so switching to a meter can have some advantages. Usually changing to a meter encourages homeowners to become more conservative and aware of the water they're using, but if you find yourself using more, you can always switch back within 12 months. Water companies will install your meter for free, so it's worth a try.
2. The Little Things
You would be surprised how much water is used from everyday tasks and unnoticed issues. Turn off your tap whilst you brush your teeth - if everybody in your house is brushing their teeth twice a day and leaving it on, that's 20 litres of wasted water. Fancy a cup of tea? Only boil the amount of water needed, and try to wash your dishes in the sink instead of a dishwasher, as this will use six litres compared to 35 litres. Don't forget to turn off all your taps and check your water meter. If it is ticking upwards, you know you have a leak.
There are a wide variety of water-saving gadgets you can get from sources such as SaveWaterSaveMoney, from appliances to fit to your shower and 'save-a-flush' accessories to 'bath buoys' that save you litres of water every time you bathe your child. Check out some websites, enter your postcode and see what you're entitled to.
The average bath uses 80 litres of water, but showers only use 35 litres. So it makes sense to take a quick shower if you're really serious about massively cutting those costs down. Investing in a efficient shower pump will also make a difference to your water bill.
5. Buckets Full
If you love gardening, think twice before taking the hose to those flowers you've been tending to, as it uses 10 litres a minute. Most plants don't need water every day; in fact, this could be made a weekly task. If you want to be more efficient, collect rainwater in a water butt and use that instead.
On average, each person uses around 150 litres (or 270 pints) a day, so applying some of these simple changes could save you money on next month's bill.