Saving water isn’t so much a necessity here in the UK but there are many places where water is not as easily accessible, and it is worth being mindful when it comes to using water in our homes. Not only will this help with being wasteful, as we shouldn’t take water for granted but it can also reduce your water bill significantly.
We have put together five water-saving tips for homeowners to implement both in and outside your home, as well as an all-important grey water recycling system for you to use:
By investing in a low-flush toilet instead of a full-flush toilet you can save up to 350 gallons of water per week! The main advantages to low-flush systems are water conservation, as new systems use as little as 1.6 gallons per flush compared to a full-flush that can use anything between three to seven times as much water every time you pull the chain. Water efficient toilet systems can also save money on your water bill.
Turn the water off when not in use
– We often forget or can’t be bothered to turn the tap off when completing daily tasks like shaving or brushing our teeth. Just to put into perspective exactly how much water you could save will ensure you never forget to turn the tap off again! The average household can waste up to 30 gallons of water a week just by leaving the tap running.
We all enjoy a long, relaxing shower after a hard day’s work, but with working five to six days a week that amounts to a lot of water usage. Low-flow showerheads can save over 200 gallons and what’s better, this can be done without forfeiting a refreshing shower.
Use alternatives to water
As summer is just around the corner many of us have turned our attention to cleaning up the outside of our homes including the garden and patio. Perhaps it is worth using other alternatives instead of reaching for the hose pipe. Try sweeping your patio or outside area and save on water! When watering your lawn, it is best to do this early in the morning or late afternoon when temperatures are low and sunlight is not as intense, this will cut down on evaporation and can save hundreds of gallons of water a week.
Grey water recycling
A grey water pump can recycle wasted water from household systems and put it back into other appliances to be used again. Baths, showers, sinks and dishwashers can all provide recyclable water to pump back into your toilet, washing machine and outside taps – in case you can’t break the hose pipe habit. Grey water recycling pumps are usually found in more commercial properties such as hotels and universities, however, they are also suitable for home use and are becoming increasingly more common with homeowners today.
What water saving tips have you tried and how much water have you managed to save?