We all want to save water for a number of reasons: to protect the environment, to slice our water bills, and sometimes because a drought forces us to. There are, however, plenty of simple ways of cutting down your water usage for every part of your home. Follow our tips to find out how to save water at home, starting today!
Ways to save water in the bathroom
Unless you tend to wash yourself in the kitchen sink, the bathroom is almost definitely the part of your home where you use up the most water. Be it the shower, the bath tub, the toilet or the sink, we have lots of water-saving tips for the bathroom:
- Switch to an aerated or low-flow showerhead to keep your shower feeling just as powerful but using up far less water, thanks to the water being mixed with air (which keeps the pressure you’re used to)
- Avoid flushing cotton balls and similar items down the toilet. You should only use the toilet to flush down personal waste – other items may block or damage your toilet and pipes, and there is no reason why you can’t use a waste basket rather than the toilet to discard them
- If you don’t have a dual-flush toilet then you have a couple of other options that can reduce the amount of water used when you flush. You can adjust the float valve in the cistern to reduce the amount of water needed to fill the cistern. Another option is putting a brick or a plastic bottle full of water in cistern of your toilet. The brick or bottle take up room which would otherwise have been filled with water, which means you will use less water each time you flush
- Turn the tap off while you’re brushing your teeth. You could even fill a glass with the water you’ll need and use that for washing your toothbrush afterwards
- Take showers rather than baths, as showers tend to use considerably less water (unless you have a power shower at home, in which case you want to look into how much water it is using and whether it might be worth switch to an aerated showerhead)
- Invest in a low-flush toilet, which uses significantly less water with every flush but is still efficient. You don’t actually need to use the amount of water used when flushing a normal toilet (1.3 gallons or 6 litres) – a toilet using two thirds of that amount is plenty
Saving water in the kitchen
Your kitchen is another area where you are likely to be using a lot of water – probably more than you need. Luckily, there are ways of cutting down on your water usage here as well. Here are some water-saving tips for the kitchen:
- Use a tub to do your washing up in. If you want avoid your crockery and utensils emerging all soapy, use one tub for washing dishes with dishwashing liquid and one for rinsing
- Invest in an energy-efficient dishwasher. You’re likely to use less water with a dishwasher than you are washing up every item under running water or even filling the sink with water to do the washing up in. Choose a dishwasher of a size that suits your household, fill it up properly and only turn it on when it’s full
- Fill a tub with water for washing vegetables in. You don’t need to rinse your veggies under running water in order to clean them
- Kitchen hygiene is incredibly important, but washing your hands too often not only uses up a lot of water – it can also dry your hands out. Keep some hand sanitiser in the kitchen that you can use instead of washing your hands (but do wash them when you really need to)
These are just a few ways to save water to get you inspired. See if you can figure out how to save water at home based on your own habits. Where do you use the most water? One idea is to turn of the water mains for an hour or two while you’re at home. See where you miss it the most and try to see if you can manage without running water. If you find areas where you need it a lot, consider solutions for making your water usage in the area more efficient.