You’ve heard us say before, water is one of the planet’s most precious resources — without it, our planet would be uninhabitable.

Although 71% of the earth’s surface is covered in water, just 3% is fresh — most of which is trapped in ice and glaciers — so we need to act responsibly in order to preserve what’s available to us.

Whatever your reasons for monitoring your water usage — whether you’re facing a shortage, trying to tighten the purse strings, or striving to live more sustainably — there are some small changes you can make which will have a huge impact.

Here are a few hacks to help you save more H2O in your own home.

  1. Only run the dishwasher and washing machine when they’re full

Both of these appliances can use a staggering 15 gallons of water per cycle. Only reach for the on-switch when they are fully loaded and you’re getting the most out of every run.

  1. Soak your dishes

Before you load them into dishwasher, leave your plates in a sink full of hot water to help dissolve the tougher stains and reduce the chance of having to re-wash at the end of the cycle.

  1. Reuse wastewater in the garden

Install a water butt to utilise the rainfall for use around the garden and save you filling the watering can up from the tap. Alternatively, once you’ve done soaking the dishes from point two, pour the waste into the borders and hanging baskets.

  1. Opt for a quick shower over a bath

Generally speaking, a shower uses a lot less water than a full bath. Rather than filling a tub with up to 80 litres, try to swap it out in favour of a quick 5-minute wash — which can save around half the water!

  1. Use energy-efficient, water-saving devices

If you’re fond of a longer shower, install low-flow shower heads with reduced pressure and less output as a result, which still provides a satisfying scrub. In addition, ultra-low flush (ULF) toilets use much less water per flush but can prove just as effective.

  1. Fix plumbing leaks

If you’ve made all the changes, but your water bills are still sky-high, it’s possible there’s a hidden leak that you don’t know about. Call in a plumber to check your pipes and fix the problem before any bigger issues arise.

  1. Install a water leak detector

Better still, invest in a water leak detection system. By logging the measure of water passing the sensor, or any time delays, the product can register any potential problems, and prevent further damage from occurring, meaning no further water is wasted.

We hope we’ve provided some useful tips to maintaining a sustainable water supply. Get in touch with the team today for more advice — or to discuss a particular project — on 01226 244200.

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