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Be Water Wise

There are many ways we can reduce waste and save water. Below is a selection of useful hints and tips to help you save water.

Only 3 % of the world's water is fresh the remaining 97 % is frozen in glaciers, polar ice caps or is way beyond reach in the middle of the earth. Less than a third of 1 % is available for human use, so as our population grows, there are more people needing a share of this water, which in turn means there is less available for the environment. This is why it is fundamental that we conserve and respect our water usage.

Reducing the amount of water that is used within the home will help protect the environment as well as reduce energy costs which are needed to pump the water around the home. We all use water every day please read our top tips below which will help you reduce the amount of water within your home. Small changes can make the biggest differences.

As climate change takes a greater hold on the environment, we are constantly being asked to use water wisely, reduce energy associated with hot water and save money.

The Water Label Company has put together a 'top twenty' of helpful hints and tips to help you use less water and save money. The less water you use, the less you pay and even better, the less you pay for heating hot water.

Today's modern bathroom equipment has been designed to use less water - so the ultimate in saving water is to change that old water guzzling bathroom suite with an ultra modern one, that will enhance your lifestyle, help the environment and will actually increase the value of your home - what are you waiting for?!

Top tips for saving water

Did you know that for every bath you take you use a minimum of 100 litres of water? Short showers can be used regularly, save the bath to luxuriate.

Reducing the time you spend in the shower will save water and energy. If your shower uses 9 litres of water per minute and you reduce the time you spend in it by 1 minute you could save a total of 3,285 litres of water a year, plus you will reduce your heating costs.

Put the plug in when washing hands or shaving in a basin, rather than leaving the tap running. On average, basin taps deliver 6 litres of water a minute. In normal use a basin will take 3 litres of water, that's a saving of 50 %.

Many of us use the toilet as a waste bin - throwing make-up tissues, the cast off contents of their hairbrush, captured spiders and even dead goldfish down the loo. To save unnecessary waste of water, wrap and throw them away in a suitable bin.

Install press taps in cloakroom basins. Most people only use the basin in cloakrooms for rinsing hands.

When cleaning the bathroom, turn the tap on only to rinse the cleaning product, rinse the cloth in the basin - with the plug in!

Insulate all exposed water pipes. Dead leg of water (the water that remains in the pipe once the delivery mechanism has been turned off) can cause damage if the pipes burst.

When planning your bathroom keep these 'dead-legs' in your hot-water supply to a minimum. If you have to run the basin or bath taps or the shower until the cooled water is removed and the hot water arrives, you can run off more water than is actually used.

Know where your stop taps are located. If a pipe bursts, you can waste copious amounts of water, and cause untold damage to the home.

Consider fitting a water meter. It will help you to be more conscious about using water and save you money!

Use bath water to water garden plants and the lawn especially in hot dry summers.

Increasingly becoming more popular, why not consider fitting a domestic urinal for the men in your home. These can flush with just two litres of water per use.

Consider fitting other water efficient appliances in your home such as modern washing machines and dishwashers. These will save water and energy too.

We don't want to return to the practices of three generations ago - no flushing toilets, communal privy, squares of news papers and the old tin bath, so let's make sure we're efficient with the water we have now and use it wisely so that we can continue to enjoy modern bathrooms.

Whilst brushing teeth make sure the tap is turned off, dentists recommend that you brush your teeth for 3 minutes twice a day – leaving the tap running for 6 minutes could waste around 36 litres of water per person/per day.

Make sure you check for dripping taps and leaks in pipes. Dripping taps can waste up to 90 litres of water per week - that's more than a whole bath full of water.

Purchase a water efficient toilet – dual flush toilets have a split button which means you choose how much water is used per flush. The larger button relates to more water per flush and the smaller button to less water per flush – typically 6/4 litres. Dual flush toilets have massively reduced the water per flush as opposed to the 'old style' which used a massive 13 litres per flush.

Showers vary in time, to help keep track of how long you are spending in the shower use a shower timer – readily available. If everyone used a shower timer and stuck to an average shower lasting around 6 minutes we could save enough water to supply a million homes. Reduction in shower times will not only save water but it will also reduce your hot water costs.

Aerated shower heads reduce the flow of the water but will not hinder the pressure or showering experience, invest in a new shower head and reduce your water footprint.

By using a washing up bowl or a plug in the sink to catch any excess water you could reduce your water wastage by 50 %, then use the water to feed the plants or wash vegetables and salads.

Clothes washing accounts for 15 % of water in the home – make sure you use your washing machine to its full capability.

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