Small things that can cut your water bills
It has been well documented how the cost of living is increasing and it will continue to rise as the VAT percentage returns to 17.5% in the New Year. This means that we should all be taking extra precautions to ensure that we are doing all we can to save money and be more efficient in our homes.
The amount of water we use at home can be a major problem with many people being unaware of how much we are wasting during an average day.
For example, did you know that around a third of the UK’s water bill each year comes from flushing the toilet?
Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to use less water. Water displacement devices can be used to reduce the amount of water used when flushing and statistics show that you can save around 2 litres per flush.
Another way to reduce the amount of water we use is to simply turn off the taps when we are shaving or cleaning our teeth. Consider when you brush your teeth, you can lose up to 20 litres of water by leaving the tap running and this means that over the year you are wasting 7,300 litres of clean water!
This is an amazing amount of water lost and a lot more money spent each year.
Having a shower for more than 5 minutes may mean that you are using more water than you would if you had a bath instead.
However, if you only have a shower then, install an aerated shower head as this can cut water consumption by nearly a third.
You should combine this with a Combi boiler because it only heats the water that you use. There is no hot water storage tank, and this will help reduce your water bills.
- Don’t know what it is, find out here: What is a Combi Boiler?
Even in the garden, even during the summer (if we get one!) you can guarantee a bit of rainfall. Collecting the rainfall can then be used to water the plants and shrubs so you do not have to use the hose pipe which wastes a considerable amount of water.