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?
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.
If 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
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24 March, 2020