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Today we’re talking about the wonderful world of water butts. Water Butts, or Poly Water Tanks as they are sometimes known, are an excellent way of collecting rainwater and diverting it away from the drains for a better use. They are simple to use, set up and what is more you can use a ‘Gutter Mate’ to prevent leaves and other gunk getting into your water storage tanks.
Water butts are not just economic but also far better from the plants, better than watering from the tap too. Water from taps is designed first and foremost for human consumption. It gets sterilised and then chemicals such as fluoride are added to protect your teeth and bones. These might be good for humans but not necessarily for our gardens.
Rainwater on the other hand is pure and untreated, just as Mother Nature intended. The plants in your garden will prefer rainwater to tap water because it does not contain the chemicals needed to meet tap water’s drinking quality.
What’s more if you are washing a car using a cleaning agent, you will need to use much less, again due to fewer chemicals the water is softer and cleaning your car becomes a breeze. The water is also likely to lather better.
So this Summer think about installing a Water Butt in your garden. You can get everything you need (including solar powered water pumps) for an easy installation in Save Water Save Money’s Gardening section.
So I know we’ve all been told that a shower is more water efficient than taking a bath, however that may not necessarily be the case. While a quick shower is usually more water efficient than a bath, a lot of modern rainfall or power showers use more water in less than five minutes, than you would use to fill a bath (usually around 80 litres). Hence to make a decision on whether to bath or shower you need to consider the type of shower and shower head you are using and alongside this the water flow rate and the time spent in the shower.
Generally showers will be more water efficient than baths as they tend to use less water. In addition to this showers are cleaner, more convenient and generally quicker. They not only reduce water use but also gas and electricity use as about 70% of water used in showers is hot, so reducing the amount of water used means you are also reducing the amount of water to be re-heated and therefore saving on energy.
According to the Energy Saving Trust Report ‘At Home with Water’
“Hot water use contributes £228 to the average annual combined energy bill and emits 875kg of CO2 per household per year.”
A Water Efficient Showerhead such as a Kiri Satinjet or a Flowpoint Aerated Showerheads will use as little as 7-8 litres of water per minute, using only up to 40 litres of water. As the water is either regulated and / or aerated, you can still experience a pleasant shower. Without any sacrifices you can save water (if on a water meter), money and reduce your utility bills by simply fitting an energy efficient showerhead. Due to these benefits around 85% of homes now have one or more shower installed.
- By aerating the water, this mixes the water with air to reduce the amount of water needed
- Using a flow restrictor will reduce the flow rate as they ‘pulsate’ the water
- Using a flow regulator will reduce the flow of water but maintain a regulated and constant flow to provide a pleasant shower
World Environment Day is the United Nations’ main vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown into a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by companies, organizations and individuals in over 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.
All these photos were entered into the 2013 Wonderful Water photo contest. Last June Save Water Save Money Ltd in association with Waitrose, Digital Photography Magazine and Photography for Beginners Magazine offered the chance to win two tickets to the Hope4Apes charity dinner at the Savoy Hotel for the best ‘wonderful water’ photo.
Last month we asked our Newsletter readers for their ‘top water saving tips’ and offered 3 of our Hand Pump Pressure Washer’s as a prize for three lucky contributors.
Well, one things for sure, we’ve certainly got a very innovative readership! Tips about water wise gardening, re-using water, re-cycling water and not wasting water flooded in (sorry for the pun!). There’s still time to send us your top water saving tip but in the mean time why not dive into (I just can’t stop myself today!) some of the best we’ve received so far.
To enter the competition for yourself, upload your tip to our website.
I use the tank of water produced by the condenser tumble dryer to wash my hands and to wash the sink from tea/coffee dregs poured down it. saves a lot of water!
R. Wallis, Orpington
Save any old drinking water from bottles and glasses or the cold water while running from the hot tap before it gets hot. Collect in a jug/container and use it for watering plants in containers or hanging baskets.
J. Pordham, Lincolnshire
treat water like electricity or gas= carefully . recycle as much waste water as you can .I put guttering round my shed to collect rain water for my garden. And divert the waste water from bathroom sink and bath to two water butts for use on garden also .
M. Downworth, Lancashire
If I don’t use all the water from the boiling kettle, I pour it into a thermos flask which I keep next to the kettle. I usually find that I need very hot water in the next couple of hours or so, and use the thermos instead of boiling the kettle again.
S. Healey, London
Rather than just pouring the water you boil potatoes in down the sink – use it to kill weeds on your path or patio – works wonders!
H. Williams, Cardiff
Fit a water meter..i used to pay £53 per month now I have a water meter l only pay £16 per month a saving of £37 per month , even this is to much l have just had my latest water bill which shows that l am £19 in credit….fit a water meter…
J. Harbach, West Midlands
I place my plant pots underneath my hanging baskets so that any excess water from the hanging baskets drips into the pots beneath and the water is nt wasted. Plus I need less water to distribute to my plants.
M. Burgess, Cambridgeshire
Cover borders with garden fabric and cut out where you need plants to go then cover with decorative pebbles – this does two jobs – eliminates weeds and retains moisture in the ground so that plants need very little or no water even in the driest weather!!
Michell, South Yorkshire
If you have a water butt(s) always refill your watering cans after you finish watering your plants as this leaves extra litres of capacity in your water butt for when it rains again. Also stops your watering cans from blowing around the garden during wind
L. Noel, West Yorkshire
When showering I first rinse under the shower then turn off the water whilst I soap myself, then turn the water back on to rinse the suds off.
R. Trafford, Hampshire
Many litres of clean drinking water is lost every time the toilet is flushed. You can either get a Hippo Bag, which you fill with water and sit within the cistern or a bag of crystals, which soaks up water and so saves 1 to 3.5 litres of drinking water.
D. Newell, London
Sink a flower pot (preferably pottery) into the ground alongside your Tomato, Cucumber, corgettee or flower. Water the plant by filling the pot. The ground is dry discouiraging Slugs & Weeds and the water goes down to the roots–without evaporation loss
A. Luto, Hertfordshire
Keep the hot water temperature lower than normal. The family will limit the time they spend in the shower so you save both water and energy
AC. Abbott, West Berkshire
Readily available free from most water companies, we have found that if you do not have a modern dual flush toilet it is well worth seeking a toilet cistern pack to limit the water in the tank (normally well over what is actually needed).
M. Bamford, Leicestershire
use a tap adaptor. I have one and its great
K. Desai, South Yorkshire
Use an eco shower head which mixes air with the water to cut consumption.
G. Sterry, Gloucestershire
we all know that you shouldn’t leave the tap running whilst cleaning your teeth, but use a cup. Wet the brush before applying paste, then rinse using the cup water, Rinse brush in the remaining water in the cup – clean teeth and only a cup of water used!
F. McLauchlin, Northwich
Hot soapy water. Cleanest dishes first, greasy ones last. Saves water fast.
S. Gibson, Lancashire
I use water from my conservatory roof on the garden during the growing season, which is collected in water butts. However, from autumn onwards, it is used in the downstairs toilet cistern, saving a huge amount of tap water.
AF, Griffiths, Redditch
Don’t bother to wash the car – it’s a car and most of us keep them outside exposed to all weathers.
Why heat your water too hot to just use loads of cold water to cool it down simply reduce your water heating level and time. This very relevant to one person homes why heat water for hours when 30 mins morning and next will do.
B. Halling, Yorkshire
Fill a small plastic bag with water & secure,small enough to fit into a plant pot or alongside your plants in the garden. Place 1 or 2 pin holes in the side, facing your plants.The water will trickle out on2 your plants or vegetables over a period of time
K. Birchall, Chester
Reuse leftover water from cooked or steamed foods to start a nutritious soup
A. Hoggett, County Durham
Every time you boil an egg save the cooled water for your house-plants. They’ll benefit from the nutrients released from the shell.
J. Thurrell, Oxfordshire
put all your children in the shower together mine are my grandchildren they have so much fun and get clean in half the time so it saves water by not doing them one at a time
W. Bellis, Merseyside
Only put sufficient in to boil what you need rather than filling the kettle to full. You not only save water but you also reduce the amount of scale in the kettle.
J. Phipps, Hertfordshire
Making our guesthouse water efficient has been our criteria since we bought 7 years ago. Amongst others, we provide smaller bedroom kettles with .75L capacity, “Eco Camel” shower heads, wash towels on 2nd days use only, and use “Hippos”in cisterns.
S. Broomfield, Cumbria
I always wash my car when its raining, saves water by not rinsing & doesn’t leave water smears.
M. Eccleston, Kent
Don’t run a separate bath for your baby or toddler. Pop them in with you and save water while having a splash-tastic time!
D. Clay, Yorkshire
When cleaning the aquarium, use the water for watering plants. This water is enriched with nitrogen and phosphorus, which is very good for the plants.
Take a pee in the shower and save up to 6.5L of toilet flush water – Nobody will ever know!
L. Higson, Lancashire
Share the shower and have some fun!
B. Burton, Yorkshire
Put water retaining gel in hanging baskets to retain the water and lessen the need for watering, sometimes twice a day, as soil does not dry out so much. Also use water from boiling eggs (when cold) to water indoor plants thus giving them nutrients.
I. Clark, Hertfordshire
When you run the hot tap waiting for the hot water to come through, save the water in a bowl and add it to your water butt, it’s amazing how quickly it fills the water butt, and then you have water ready to use in the garden.
E. Keaarins, Leicestershire
We replaced our old tumble drier with a condensing one. Rather than have it plumbed into the drain, and waste the water, we empty the drawer that catches the water into a bucket, which we then use for either washing the car or a flush of the toilet.
J. Coyle, Yorkshire
I use the ‘old water’ from my hot water bottles to water my plants. I stay warm and my plants get watered regularly without wasting water. A little saving but well worth it all round!
J. Bee, Oxfordshire
When cooking several vegetables for your meal use a 2 or 3 tier steamer instead of separate pans.Water only needs using in the main cooking pan and all vegetables can be cooked in separate trivets,you save water and energy as you are only need one hob .
A. Gray, Yorkshire
When you fancy a glass of water, Instead of running the tap until drinking water is cold, keep a jug of water in the fridge, making sure you finish the water in the jug before re-filling to avoid it going stale. Saves gallons over the year.
N. Draffan, Buckinghamshire
I catch the cold water that first comes from the hot tap in the kitchen, then decant it to a water butt for the garden.
S. Harrison, Yorshire
When it’s bath-time for pets, take them out into the garden or lawn so that they benefit from the water as much as your pets. You will also feel happy about your pets shaking off any excess water after the bath.
D. Chatterjee, Yorkshire
This is an old tip passed down from my parents, I think initially so they got a good nights sleep because our cistern made so much noise refilling. So if its just a wee leave it to mellow anything Brown had to be flushed down, giving the well known saying
C. Crowhurst, Greater London
Tip the used water, from the cleaning of sinks and showers, down the toilet. Saves a flush, helps keep the pipes clear and leaves a pleasant aroma of disinfectant.
G. Wood, Worcestershire
Many litres of clean drinking water is lost every time the toilet is flushed. You can either get a Hippo Bag, which you fill with water and sit within the cistern or a bag of crystals, which soaks up water and so saves 1 to 3.5 litres of drinking water!
When you’ve finished washing the dishes, use the leftover water to wash plant pots / gardenware / or even use it for cleaning insides of bins etc. it’s just better than filling another bucket – much more economical.
S. Al-Janabi, Stockport
Take a reading from your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.
H. Akram, London
When running hot water into a bowl or bucket there is always at least 2 jugs of cold water coming out. Put these straight into jugs & use for watering plants inside or out or if you use a jug water filter make sure you fill the filter.
A. Collier, Dorest
If you have a shed or greenhouse or some sort of out building and it doesn’t have guttering-save the drips! I have an old rubber dustbin, but any sort of water-tight container will do. I put the bin at the back edge of my shed, and catch the drips!!
C, Bell, Derbyshire
Save plastic milk bottles, make a few holes in the lid. When running the tap waiting for the hot water to warm up, fill up the plastic milk bottle and put them upside down in container plants or hanging baskets. I always keep one by the sink.
J. Feasey, Hertfordshire
Wet a sponge, put a bit of washing up liquid on it, then wash up – that’s it! There’s no need to fill the bowl, or even have it half full. A wet sponge is all that’s needed.
R. Karn, West Sussex
Don’t wash your car until you have a won a Hand Pump Pressure Sprayer
D. Hill, Somerset
After heavy gardening a long soak in a hot bath. Then use the water to water the garden.If bathroom upstairs a hose pipe siphons it out a treat.
C. Butcher, West Yorkshire
When defrosting my freezer I use the waste build up of ice to water hanging baskets and planters. The ice melts slowly and seeps through to the soil unlike when watering which tends to flood the plants.
P. Morton, Lancashire
My wife or I bath with our 10 month old boy, then who ever is left jumps in afterwards…………… its great because sometimes he leaves his toys in and I get to play ducks!
R. Newell, Nottinghamshire
Water house plants, in the bath or outside, with tepid soapy bath water (or cleanish washing up water). Use a watering can with spray nozzle, drenching the leaves. The plants love it and it controls aphids etc.
L. Ford, West Midlands
Since I have asked to install a water meter, it gives me the incentive to use less water each day. When I do the dishes, I fill a small bowl of water and clean all my dishes then open the cold water tap to rinse all of them in one go. I use less water now
A. Lauret, Somerset
Saturate newspapers, tear them into large sections and put on top of compost in plant tubs. water again and then mulch with something better looking. It protects your plants’ roots from drying winds and sun and also drastically reduces evaporation!
K. Wynne, Cumbira
Save water, electricity and wear on clothes – spot treat and use quick wash cycle. similarly you can use shorter cycle for dishwasher by wiping off excess from cutlery and plates before putting in machine. Also saves time in cleaning filter.
D. Wilson, Bournemouth
Get a cup and just flick water on your seedlings , you won’t swamp them and you will avoid waste, and when you need more just fill your cup again, I find this works a treat.
J. Jelley, Wiltshire
I send my daughter to school with 2 (reusable) bottles of water each day. What she does not drink is then put into the kettle and used to steam her vege with dinner. The water from the vege is then poured on the plant pots outside the kitchen door.
N. Brookes, Yorkshire
I use a garden spray bottle with water & conditioner in it to wet my curly hair to get the brush through it. This means I don’t have to stick my head under the shower when I’m only doing my hair. The bottle lasts for weeks so I’m saving plenty of water!
S. Hamilton, Manchester
This tip was drummed into me when I was serving on-board Royal Navy warships where fresh water for showering was often a rationed commodity. We were told to: Get wet, turn the shower off, lather up, turn the shower on and quickly rinse.
M. Falconer, London
Replace shower head on your system with the water saving types cost from £24. Will save much more in cost of heating water and water used in the first year. Fantastic easily fitted equipment, fit and forget it. Let it save ££ every time you shower.
W. Holloway, Reading
Every time it rains put your coat and hat on, then wash the car it’s free, good to be out in the rain and it’s exercise too. People may think your strange but it may catch on.
G. Roberts, West Midlands
Do you really need to wash up after every single drink and meal? Swill the cup and plate and leave the washing up to stack up for the day or even longer if you can this saves water and can even save on electricity as well double bonus
A. Ball, West Midlands
The best way to save money when on a meter is to create an online account with your water provider and supply them with regular readings. Not only do they adjust your direct debit each time, but you’ll get a clearer picture of how much water you use.
L. McArthur, Lancashire
Tried and tested I know… a water butt. It rains in this country and water is so precious it is a ‘no brainer’ that we collect that water and use it when it is dry.
S. Wallace, Norfolk
Steam vegetables in the microwave, with just a little water, rather than boiling them in pints of water on the hob: save water, save money, and save time, all at a stroke!
S. Green, Surrey
Mulch your borders to keep them moist for longer requiring less water from your water butt
S. Pechell, Wokingham
If you have clothes that just need freshening, put them in the washing machine on the last rinse cycle with some softener. It saves on water and electricity.
L. Casey, Lancashire
I do not have a water butt, but still find way to preserve rain water by keeping round deep containers in the garden I can water my small plant pots with these which saves on tap water —brilliant, natural and hassle free
C. Ebanks, Greater London
I use the ‘old water’ from my hot water bottles to water my plants. I stay warm and my plants get watered regularly without wasting water. A little saving but well worth it all round!
J. Bee, Oxfordshire
Cut the bottom off plastic bottles, turn upside down and push into soil of tubs. Fill the bottles with water as necessary. The water trickles into the soil slower than it would if the water was dispensed from a hose or watering can.
G. Gatehouse, Wokingham
Use veg water to make tasty nutritious gravy with gravy granules better than boiling the kettle.
S. Morrison, West Yorkshire
When you’re cleaning your teeth, just put a little cold water in the sink with the plug in so that water is not running down the sink all the time you are cleaning your teeth -clean teeth and brush with the same water without wasting any!
L. Smith, Lancashire
We have quite a large garden therefore water is always needed, to ensure we never have to use the hosepipe, we have installed 3 water butts, 2 from the roof of the house and one on our shed, they collect enough water to use in the garden for the Summer.
G. Cooke, South Yorkshire
Use an old kettle and then you can use the same water to refill a hot water bottle time after time very good for pensioners
L. Spofforth, West Midlands
Fit a diverter to your rainwater barrel so that you can use bathroom water. Worked for me for 30 odd years!
E. Jones, Lancashire
After washing the car fill your watering can from the water butt and rinse, don’t use the hose.
M. Morris, Devon
To clean windows, just dampen a micro fibre cloth and wipe windows with it. To dry just use a dry micro cloth and windows will sparkle. Hardly any water used, saving time and money
S. Grice, Lancashire
Put gravel/pebbles or bark chippings on the surface of plant pots to help retain moisture in the soil.
You won’t have to water your plants as often.
W. Hindle, South Yorkshire
If you have a dehumidifier ? – Try using it every time you dry your washing in doors – Then instead of emptying the water tank down the sink – place in to a bucket or similar container – So it can be used to water plants etc – Every little counts !
B. Jewkes, South Yorkshire
If you are potty about pot plants (as I am! ) don’t just water them with a watering can,save water…put the pots in a plastic tray ,fill it with water (from your water butt!) stand the pots in it, they will take as much as they need with no waste.
B. Gill, Cheshire
A fantastic invention, with one average 1L spray bottle you can wash your car approximately 5 times without using a single drop of water. Just search waterless car wash to be amazed.
K. Young, Greater London
Save water and be healthier together by not overfilling your pans when cooking. Enough water just covering the food prevents waste once the food is cooked, and additionally minimal water usage has the added bonus of retaining nutrients !
K. Morgan, Greater London
Syphon bath water into a water butt outside & use it to water your plants (as long as there’s no bubble bath in it).
SJ. Norman, Cornwall
Have an egg timer in your shower to time yourself and save water
P. Mellor, West Yorkshire
We live near the sea and there are several showers along the sea front for use when you come out of the sea. Although I have not tried it in the colder months, it must be possible to have a free shower all of the year round.
C. Wiltshire, Poole
When waiting for the hot water to come through whilst running the hot tap, place bowl underneath and keep this for filling kettle. If like me your be surprised how much you can save.
J. Price, Southampton
I like my tea made with tea leaves and not a tea bag, what tea left over in the tea pot I use to water my house plants.
S. Wright, Northamptonshire
If you aerate your lawn, the holes will hold the water, rather than it running on the top of the lawn.
P. Richards, South Yorkshire
Mine is a traditional toilet. I could have bought a modern water efficient model, Instead, I got not one but two ‘save-a-flush’ bags free from my local water company. Now I’m saving 2.5 litres a flush & my water meter is much happier!
R. Hannam, Northumberland
Washing up water can be used, when cooled down, to moisten the contents of your compost bin. Not too much water though! Use the rest to wash down the outside of your compost bin and water butt.
M. Gillet, Somerset
In a dry spell don’t cut your lawn to short. Not only will the grass look a lot greener then if you cut it short, it will also need a lot less watering.
G. Schrecker, Buckinghamshire
If you drink glasses of water at home and don’t finish them tip them in the kettle and use for hot drinks.
P. Rigby, Greater London
It takes ages for water to run hot when using the kitchen tap for washing up, so instead of just letting it run down the plug hole, save the water in a container and use it to water the garden.
K. Watson, Oxfordshire
Never Brush your teeth with the tap running as it wastes such a lot of water, always rinse out from a tumbler!
L. Evans, South Yorkshire
Use excess boiled water in the kettle to make ice cubes, they will be crystal clear.
P. Lovell, West Berkshire
Connect a drip feed hose to the water butt with a timer. No more carrying water to the plants.
H. Phillips, Kent
While my husband is running off the water waiting for the warm water to come through for his shave, he collects it and we use it for watering the plants etc…better than it running straight down the drain.
A. Love, West Yorkshire
Play your favourite 3 min song and sing along to it whilst it ends. Then exit your shower!! Quick shower, quick save!
S. McBurney, West Yorkshire
Keep a few (washed) 2 pint milk bottles under the sink & washbasins. Use a bottle to collect the cool water that usually goes down the plug hole before the water in the tap runs hot. Use it in the kettle, to feed plants, to rinse soapy cars, showers etc.
J. Page, Oxfordshire
When changing dog’s drinking water, put old water in bottle and water indoor plants. Saves using water from the tap.
S. Richards, Oxfordshire
Have a feature in the garden with different recycled pots filled with rainwater. The dog can drink from it. Birds bathe. Stand indoor plants in to water. Use the water to flush the toilet.
J. Davies, Hampshire
Wishing you ever had extra water for free. Wish water dish water, never just pour away, instead wash the cat litter tray, the food waste bucket or any other household non fresh food container. Its like an extra free bowl of water every day!
A. Bailey, Merseyside
Look at your local garden centre or on the internet for self-watering containers. These are a great idea for busy gardeners with containers. You never over-water the plants, so you never waste water. The plants get as much water as they want.
I. Sampson, Yorkshire
Habitually fill a watering can first thing every day to ensure kitchen water is fresh for drinking and plants have water on standby for instant use.
M. Smitt, Kingston upon Hull
Ok so we might not be getting the bumper summer we all hoped for. But just in case, think about choosing vegetables that do better in summer warmth. These include corn, cucumbers, green beans, peppers, pumpkin, melons, summer squash and zucchini. Once established, some plant leaves may wilt during the hottest portions of the day, but will bounce back when temperatures cool so don’t over-water.
Plant herbs requiring less water: Rosemary, English thyme, oregano and sage all do well with little watering. Remember, however, newly planted herbs require regular watering until the roots are established.
To help avoid a burned and browned lawn, keep your mower on a higher setting. With longer blades of grass, your lawn will use less water and the longer blades will help keep out weeds.
You don’t need a large space to create a beautiful garden. Plant flowers such as begonias, petunias, geraniums, impatiens, succulents and fuchsias in containers. Cherry tomatoes, lettuce, peppers and herbs also work well in pots. Plants in containers dry out more quickly than if planted in the ground. Keep the container plants well watered and place the container in a location where it gets some shade each day.
Mulch is a gardener’s friend during summer months as it soaks up lots of water, reduces erosion and keeps weeds in check. Its value dissipates with time, so it needs to be replenished regularly. Aim for about 3 inches of fresh mulch around flowers, trees and shrubs. Make sure the mulch does not touch the base of the plant.
The best time to control weeds is early, before they flower and establish their root system. Waiting until after they flower makes the process more difficult, plus you run the risk of the flowers spreading weeds seeds around your garden. Pull weeds now and then cover the area with mulch to keep weeds from returning.
We’ve been talking showering a lot in my household this month. We’ve just fixed our energy prices for the next 3 years, and with the now eye watering price of getting hot water I decided it was time for some savings, so the stop watch came out and my inner geek was set free.
On a typical day, I found that my girlfriend spent an average of 7 minutes washing, while I managed to get away with a little over 3 and a half. Admittedly my speedy showering is as much due to my love of a lye in and fear of being late for work as a highly thought through money saving plan.
I’ve also taken to timing friends and family who have used the shower at my house over the last few months. My best friend tops the charts consecutively knocking up 13+ minutes, when I asked him what he does in there, his reply “It’s the only place I get time to think”.
Getting clean and getting out in under 4 minutes flat means there’s no time for staring into space, vaguely wondering whether to have fruit or porridge for breakfast, but then again, maybe that’s the point. My girlfriends’ excuse for taking twice as long in the shower focussed largely around her ‘3 minute miracle’ conditioner and leg shaving.
Both fair arguments and this blogger is certainly not advocating hairy legs as a sustainability solution but who said the hot water has to be running? If the UK is really going to start making the kind of savings on Utility bills the Energy Saving Trust is hoping for, perhaps we need to stop thinking about taking a shower as a single event.
“If every household in the UK took just one minute off one shower every day, it would save £215 million in energy bills a year.”
– EST “At Home with Water Report, July 2013”
Be honest, how many times when in the shower have you taken a step forward out of the spray, to shampoo your hair, lather up or indeed shave?
Showers have an on/off switch for a reason and more and more inventions are coming into the market to pause your shower or divert the flow for a short period. Maybe the future of water saving in the shower is short spurts? In the end it’s not how long you spend in there that’s important, it’s how much hot water you use in the process.
“Hot water use contributes £228 to the average annual combined energy bill and emits 875kg of CO2 per household per year”
– EST “At Home with Water Report, July 2013”
To see if your water company is offering any FREE water saving devices including eco shower heads and a shower timer visit Save Water Save Money’s website.
A pioneering report ‘At Home with Water’ released by the Energy Saving Trust in partnership with Defra, Procter and Gamble, Thames Water, Consumer Council for Water and Save Water Save Money Ltd confirmed that the area in which Britons waste most water is the bathroom, with consumption as high as 47%.
The report also revealed that each person uses on average 142 litres of water each day with Britain using 840 Billion litres each year. If you are a water efficiency enthusiast and also like to save money, you might be tempted to install a water meter as OFWAT suggests that bills are £63 lower* every year after a water meter is installed. 43% of EST Report Survey’s respondents have already made that decision and are enjoying the benefits.
We also managed to get an insight on bathroom behaviours and it turns out that on average each individual takes 4.4 showers and 1.3 baths each week. Our Four Minute Shower Timer might prove to be a good gift as people generally spend seven-and-a-half minutes in the shower and 13% of people exceed ten minutes for their daily shower.
Curious about other findings? More facts and figures that might help you save water around the house are available from SaveWaterSaveMoney.co.uk.
However we had so many great entries we thought it only right to showcase some of our favourites on our blog, we couldn’t list them all but below, in no particular order, are a selection of our favourites. Did your picture make the cut?
Whether you live alone in a flat or share a house, you can start saving serious money with a water meter. It’s cost- and hassle free – your water company will install it at no charge – and you could significantly cut your annual bill.
There are two reasons why you should consider installing a water meter where you live: environmental and financial.
As you’re probably aware, tap water comes from either beneath the ground or from the UK’s rivers. Since as nation we’re abstracting too much that isn’t being replaced by rainfall – owing to climate change – this will have an adverse effect on the levels and habitats of rivers and lakes.
This is simple: with a water meter, you’re only charged for the water you use – in the same way as for the gas and electricity. Why pay for other people’s use, which is what happens when you pay water rates which are based on an average, little more than a guess at how much you use.
Installing a water meter won’t cost you anything, but will make you more aware of how much water you use – and therefore save you money. According to the Environment Agency, installing a water metersaves between 5% and 15% on total water use. And people with water meters are more likely to have an idea of their consumption than those without.
Under the rates system, the amount you pay for water is based on the rateable value of your home in England and Wales, or your council tax band if you live in Scotland. These rates also include a standing charge to cover customer services, such as billing. You may therefore pay more – or less – than the amount of water you actually use.
Bear in mind that in general, water meters will raise your awareness about usage – and therefore contribute to greater water efficiency.
All water meter installations are free – due to Government legislation. So, provided it’s neither impracticable nor uneconomic, companies must fit a water meter within 3 months of your application.
So make a difference – save water and save money by calling your water company today. Once you have your water meter, you can then save even more with our water-saving products.