How to conserve water and save money
With more people to take care of on our planet, water shortages could well become something we ALL need to be aware of in the future, so the time to prepare is now!
I don’t know how good you are with big numbers, but over on the Worldometers site you can see, in real time, the amount of water consumed across the world.
The world’s population is growing by roughly 80 million people each year and demand for freshwater is increasing by 64 billion cubic meters a year which means we need to start viewing water as the precious resource it is.
Yorkshire water is currently travelling around the country informing people how they can save water and money. They are encouraging their customers to make savings with some fantastic free water saving packs. There are six items available to choose from and you can order whichever ones you want.
This is a simple, yet effective way to save water every time you flush the toilet. By popping a Save-a-flush bag into your cistern, you’ll save a litre of water every time you flush which adds up to a saving of an astonishing 4000 litres of water a year.
ShowerSave will help you save 11,000 litres of hot water and up to £42 off your utility bills every year by keeping the flow of water at a constant rate of 7.6 litres of water a minute.
We have incredibly high water pressure here at Chez Green and I have to admit to always having a bit of a go at Mr Green who leaves the tap running when brushing his teeth. These tap inserts mix air with the water so you get the same effect with less water. By using tap inserts you can save around 7000 litres of water per year.
A four minute shower is long enough to get yourself clean in the morning and the less time you are in there, the less water you use. It couldn’t be simpler could it? The trouble is, once you get under that warm water, it’s easy to lose track of time. By using a shower timer you’ll be efficient and save electricity too; so it’s a win-win.
The toothy timer is a fun gadget that encourages children to turn off the tap whilst brushing their teeth, saving approximately 12 litres of water each time.
If you use all of these products and have a metered water supply, you could save over 40,000 litres of water per year and around £100 on your utility bills.
If you’re not lucky enough to be a Yorkshire water customer here are three simple ways you can save water at home:
Fill it up!
Dishwashers, washing machines – only operate them with a full load.
Turn it off!
Have a quick shower, turn off the tap when you brush your teeth and make sure taps are turned off fully.
Waiting for the hot tap to warm up or the cold tap to cool down? Gather the water and use it on your plants. Likewise make the most of free rainwater by storing it in rain barrels and using it to water plants, or clean the car and patio furniture.
What about you – what do you do at home to conserve water?
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