How Can We Reduce Our Water Usage?

By: Potishman Tal

Most of us do not really think about how we use our water in our daily routine. We especially do not think about how we might be wasting water in our day to day lives. As England is famous for it's rainy climate, it will come as a surprise to many that some parts of England are actually experiencing water shortages. So how can we be more careful in our water usage? It is important to note that we do not have to cut down our enjoyment of water, but simply take some small steps to avoid wasting water.

An average person in the UK uses 150 litres of water everyday. This is used up in cooking, washing, toilet flushing, and watering the garden. Apparently we are using 50% more water than 25 years ago due to the increased use in domestic appliances around the house. It is important that we start taking steps now, otherwise the effects of climate change will have long term consequences on our water usage.

Tips on how to save water

You should turn the tap off when brushing your teeth - Many of us do not really think about how much water we are wasting when leaving the tap running. You should note that every time you leave the tap on you are wasting 6 litres of water per minute

Flushing the loo for unnecessary items- You should note that flushing the toilet accounts for about a third of household water usage. Therefore you will save on a lot of water if you do not use it to flush items such as cotton wool and face wipes as these items can be disposed off in a rubbish bin. You may be surprised to learn that if people stopped flushing down items that can be easily thrown away in a rubbish bin, we would save about 27 millions litres of water a week

Have a shower instead of a bath - Taking a shower instead of taking a bath will save on water usage. It has been estimated that that a bath uses around 80 litres of water in comparison to a shower which use around 30 litres of water. Please note that this does not apply to power showers which use up more water than regular showers

You can save water in the garden - Using a watering can rather than a hose will be very useful in saving water. Another useful point to note is that rain water is better for plants than tap water. It would be advisable for you to buy a water butt to collect the rain water for the garden

Domestic appliances in the home - The modern dishwashers and washing machines are more up to date on energy saving. You should take advantage of this and invest in an appliance that comes with an energy label. Also, doing a full load when using the dishwasher or washing machine will assist you in saving energy

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Tal Potishman, editor of Heating Central, writes articles about pipe blockage, boilers, Luton central heating, underfloor heating and solar thermal. He specializes in helping save money by advising on efficient heating.

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