With the blisteringly hot summer we’ve had and a hosepipe ban implemented up North, water companies have been concerned about water usage, but have you been? Saving water is something that we should all practice, especially as temperatures continue to rise across the globe.
So how much water does your family use? It’s estimated that a family of four goes through about 450 litres every single day, which adds up to a huge amount over the course of the year. It may seem odd in a country with so much rain, but less water is filling our reservoirs so conserving water is the way forward. 2nd City Gas, Plumbing and Heating are experts in drainage and plumbing, and we’ve come up with some simple tips that can help you save water in your home. Do your part for yourselves and the environment, and maybe save some money too.
1 Collect rainwater
Your garden may be looking a little dry, but using your tap water to refresh it is wasteful. Put out a big bin or large plastic container to collect rainwater for the dry days. Another way to save rainwater is by placing a container under your drainpipes so that the rainwater doesn’t flow away. This water will keep your garden hydrated throughout the year and save a valuable amount of water.
2 Fix leaks and turn off taps
If you have any taps that are dripping, attend to them as soon as possible. Over the course of a week, a dripping tap can lose up to 60 litres of water. Leaving them drip is a colossal waste of water and taking care of it is quite simple, if a little fiddly! If you can’t do it, this is a cheap and easy job for your local plumber or handyman. Don’t leave the water running when you brush your teeth – this can waste up to 6 litres of water a minute!! If you have children, make sure you get them in the habit of turning off the tap properly.
3 Get a low-flush toilet installed
Modern toilets are dual flushing or low flushing, which allows you to waste less water. Use the full flush only when absolutely necessary and you’ll save litres and litres of water.
4 The 4-minute shower
Showers use less water than baths but staying in the shower is pretty bad for water conservation. Hop in and 4 minutes should do the job. You can also get an efficient showerhead so you’re not wasting water that way. Also make sure your central heating and boilers are up to the job as the less time it takes for the water to heat up means that less water is used.
5 Wash full loads, not half empty
New washing machines are much more environmentally friendly in that they use less water but the best use of this is to only wash full loads. So, if you have a 5kg washing machine, fill it to 5kg before switching it on.
Expert PlumbersIf you are looking to save money, install a low-flush toilet or need your plumbing checked, you can rely on 2nd City Gas, Plumbing and Heating for cost-effective options. We also provide gas, drainage and plumbing services. Contact our team in Birmingham or Bromsgrove, West Midlands today on 08005873136
Come rain or shine; there are a few essentials we cannot do without – such as a clean water supply and adequate warmth in the winter. A poorly insulated home is an open invitation to the winter chill. Expecting scary figures on our utility bills, we hunt for the most efficient of the resources to keep us comfortable. Most people resort to traditional heating systems but with the advent of time, and advancement in technology, there are gas, central heating systems, boilers and various other inventions that serve the purpose with high efficiency.
How to keep yourself warm?
Even with a good heating system, here are a few tips on how you can keep your home warm and cosy even when the temperatures drop:
1) Close your curtains at night : The trick to trapping in the warmth that enters your home during the day is by closing your curtains and lowering your blinds soon after dusk to create an extra barrier and prevent heat loss.
2) Layer your walls : Unlike glass, solid bricks and stone walls act as better insulators. But the key to preventing heat loss through these walls is by layering the room with pictures, posters, cabinets or bookshelves. These additions not only add an aesthetic element to the interiors but also significantly reduce energy losses.
3) Cover your doors : Internal doors are often made with materials that don’t trap the heat inside the room. A thick lined curtain eliminates the heat loss through thin doors, and it further helps minimise heat loss.
4) Furniture placement : You can feel warmer in the house with a simple trick - place your furniture next to the internal walls rather than putting them right next to an external wall. The thermal energy in your home is concentrated closer to the inside of the house. Thus, furniture placement plays a vital role in how cold or warm you feel.
These are a few simple ways in which you can minimise your energy bills but keeping in mind the drastic weather shifts; it is imperative to install an efficient central heating system or a fireplace that will help you brave the weather without all the hassle.
Reliable Central Heating and Boilers
2nd City Gas is a company that caters to all of your heating, drainage and plumbing needs under one roof. Be sure to reap the benefits of energy efficient heating solutions that will reduce your annual energy bills by up to 40%. Looking after for your pipes during the winter season is as important as keeping your home insulated. Our versatile range of services will make life easier for you. Gain control over the inevitable weather by engaging our expert Gas Safe registered heating engineers and expert plumbers. Your comfort and safety is our top priority. Our services include installation as well as emergency repairs and regular maintenance to keep you free of worries. If you’d like to consult us about upgrading your heating system or would like more information on our services, call us on 0800 587 3136 any time of the day.