Top 10 Tips for Saving Water in the Bathroom23/11/2011
Top 10 Tips for Saving Water in the Bathroom
Written by: Stephanie Staszko
Wasting water isn't only bad for the environment; it's also bad for your finances. This is why we've compiled a list of simple ways to save water in the bathroom without interrupting your daily routine.
1. Invest in dry shampoo so your hair doesn't require washing every day. Not only will it save you the inconvenience it was also reduce your water bill.
2. Fix any leaks you spot or source the leak if you suspect there is one. To check if your toilet is leaking pour food colouring into the cistern, if the food colouring appears in the bowl of your toilet without being flushed you have a leak. For every dripping tap in the UK around 360 litres of water is wasted every month. Repair or purchase new taps if they are continually leaking.
3. If you're worried you're using too much water then get a water meter fitted. The water metre will make you more aware of exactly how much water you are using in an average week.
4. Whether you're cleaning yourself or your home, don't leave the tap running. Wash and shave your face in a filled sink. Using a tumbler for rinsing your mouth prior to brushing your teeth can save 9 litres of water per minute. Bathroom tumblers can also be great bathroom accessories. Always use a bucket for cleaning that you can rinse your cloth in rather than rinsing it under running water.
5.Take a shower instead of a bath. Filling a bath takes 60% more water than if you were to take a shower. Imagine the savings on your utility bill.
6. If you do decide to take a bath then avoid over-filling it. Many people fill the bath too high anyway and realise when they get in it. Get in the bath before it has filled and you have better judgement on when it's filled to an acceptable level, avoiding water wastage.
7. Newer model toilets are more economical. If your toilet has been around for over 10 years you should upgrade to save water. New models with the dual flush are great for saving water as a half flush only uses 4 litres of water per flush, compared to older model toilets which can use up to 7 litres per flush.
8. Be quicker in the shower. Not only does it mean you're less likely to be late in the morning, but for every minute you spend less in the shower you could save up to 3285 litres of water a year.
9. Invest in a domestic urinal for your home. If every home in the UK had a urinal around 3000 billion litres of water could be saved in a decade. Plus, argument of "who didn't lift the seat up" will be minimal!
10. Only use your washing machine when you have a full load, washing half loads can waste water and energy, costing you more money!
Saving water will really help you drastically reduce your utility bills. By switching older products for newer, more economical models you can save water. For example, many shower heads have water saving devices to ensure waste is kept to a minimum. So do your bit for the environment and your pocket!