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
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.
The schoolboy, the hawker auntie, the young lady and the crazy uncle – the spasms begin as soon as Water Wally pops up, lurking in the corner of every frame. First shocked, then jubilant, they found their bodies taken over by the urge to do the Shower Dance. “Keep it to five, keep it to five!”
It’s the latest offering from the Public Utilities’ Board (PUB) campaign for water conservation, using its mascot Water Wally, a constantly-smiling light blue drop of water with arms and legs.
Singapore has had a campaign on water conservation for as long as we can remember, although music videos are a relatively new introduction to the mix; their promotions had previously focussed on water-rationing exercises and colourful posters.
Apparently 185 primary schools across the country have already taught the Shower Dance to school children.
Here at Save Water Save Money we’re not sure it is necessarily the way to go but we thought tsome of you out there might enjoy a bit of a dance. Last time we checked it had recioeved over 80,000 hits on You Tube but we have no way of telling how many of those people were on a water saving mission and how many where enjoying the dance.
SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE PICS SO FAR:
We’re now two weeks into our ‘Wonderful Water’ photo competition, an amateur photography competition designed to raise awareness for the Gorilla Organization who work building water filtration systems in central Africa.
The winner will receive two tickets to an unforgettable evening at the VIP Hope4Apes gala dinner at The Savoy, hosted by Sir David Attenborough. On top of this, the winning photo will be published in Digital Photographer magazine.
Budding amateur photographers simply need to capture what ‘Wonderful Water’ means to them and then upload them on the SaveWaterSaveMoney website
Below are just a few examples grouped into some of the themes that keep cropping up:
ANIMALS AND LANDSCAPES
Summer is here and that means more time in the garden but not necessarily more time out watering plants. The sun has been out shining this week so we thought it was the perfect opportunity to remind you of some of the ways you can reduce your water use in the garden. Not only is this good for the environment, but if you are on a meter, good for your wallet as well.
Water saving starts right from when you are planning your garden. Mike Peacock, water resources manager for Affinity Water states
“It’s important to choose plants that thrive in dry conditions, such as lavender, marigolds and cornflowers so look for the full sun symbol on the plant labels when buying new plants as this indicates their tolerance to dry conditions. When planting try to make the most of moisture by adding a layer of tree bark, gravel or compost to keep the sun off the soil; this will help retain the moisture in the soil.”
And for those of you who’s gardens are already planted and coming into bloom here are a few tips to make you all into super-efficient water saving gardeners
For more on our great range of drought resistant plants that will help you achieve the look you want, without spending all day and night in the garden watering check out our outdoors section.
Here at SaveWaterSaveMoney.co.uk we’re continuously shouting from the roof tops about water efficiency and using water effectively. We’ve always found saving water to be fun but are aware that this isn’t necessarily everyone’s view! So we’re glad of a current trend that appears to be sweeping the world, water saving games. World Water Day which took place on March 22nd began the International Year of Water Co-operation and what better way to co-operate than playing with your friends?
In areas of the world as different as Colombia and India groups of school children and villagers are gathering for ‘Games Nights’. Simulating real-life decision making on how to use water effectively for their villages as a whole. These are not decisions that can be made in isolation as there is a finite amount of fresh water to go around. These games are being promoted to improve collective water management by a collection of academic bodies including the Foundation for Ecological Security in India, Universidad de los Andes in Colombia and Arizona State University.
For example in India groups of five men and five women from each village must choose what to grow throughout a year’s seasons with an eye toward their chosen crops’ water requirements. If growing strategies use too much groundwater, the game ends—similar to real life where groundwater tables are falling, and the cost of pumping irrigation water is rising.
Here in the UK Paula Owen consulting, someone we’ve mentioned here before, has been leading the way in this area with SE2 a sustainability ‘leadership led’ schools project to bring sustainability and water efficiency to the school children of the UK through ‘gamification’ the new buzz word in eco-efficiency.
Our opinion is this can only bring positive results. Whichever way you look at it water management and water efficiency is only going to become more important, not just here in the UK, but across the globe. Anything that can promote the sustainable use of this most precious of resources in a fun and entertaining way is definitely a positive sign for the future.
At Save Water Save Money we always aim to offer tips on how to save water and affordable water efficient products to help our customers conserve water. However with most of our water efficient showerheads we advise that they are not suitable for electric showers. Why? There are two main reasons.
Firstly, electric showers have to heat water from the cold supply up to a comfortable shower temperature (about 40 degrees centigrade), which takes a lot of energy. Even at a rating of 7.5-10 kilowatts this means that electric showers can only handle a relatively low flow of water through them, from 3-9 litres per minute, with an average flow of 6 litres per minute. Since most water efficient showerheads and flow regulators are set to a flow rate of 7.5-8 litres per minute there are no savings to be made by fitting these to an electric shower.
Secondly, there have been concerns about possible damage to showers due to any flow restriction devices.
So, electric showers already fall into the “water efficient” range, which is great to know. However, at 7.5-10 kilowatts electric showers use electricity faster than any other electrical item in the home. One unit of electricity (one kilowatt hour) will power a 40 watt light bulb for 24 hours. It would only power a 10 kW electric shower for 6 minutes. So, even with an electric shower, saving water through shorter showers will also save money and electricity.
You can see our full range of electric showers starting at just £118.90 at
Well today is the 20th Anniversary of World Water Day. An idea formed from a UN Environmental conference held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992. Over the years there have been various different themes on topics as varied as ‘Groundwater – The Invisible Resource’ in 1998 to ‘Water and Food Security: The World is Thirsty Because We are Hungry’ last year.
Today Save Water Save Money has been supporting WaterAid to promote the plight of the 743million people around the world that still do not have access to clean water and sanitation. We are giving 10% of profits from today to support their work in the developing world along with The Gorilla Organization.
But in this article I wanted to talk to you about some of the less highlighted water crises around the world, it’s not just the global south that suffers from droughts and water shortages. Saving Water is becoming more crucial in areas of the world where we have previously taken this critical resource for granted.
The United States (one of the largest users of water, per capita, in the world) is being ravaged by drought, which has laid waste to much of the Corn Belt, driving up grain prices and causing sleepless nights for farmers. And the situation does not look like improving any time soon, on Thursday NOAA (The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) warned that the hot, dry conditions are unlikely to ease before the middle of this year. The cost of the drought is estimated at above $50bn, greater than the economic damage caused by hurricane Sandy1.
In 2003, Australia began the worst drought on record, not only did this devastate farming but forced city’s like Melbourne into punishing restrictions on water usage. The drought officially ended on 27th April 2012. By this point the Federal Government had spent $4.5 Billion in drought assistance2. Not a small chunk of change
And the fault cannot all be placed at the door of climate change. One of the biggest problems facing the world in the 21st Century is our love of a juicy steak! As the world gets richer we’re all eating more meat and the planet is struggling to keep up with our growing demand for water. It’s not just farming, by some estimates producing a new set of tyres uses over 10,000 litres of water3.
And the moral of the story, water is going to become more valuable across the world. It’s a precious resource and should be treated as such.
So next time your brushing your teeth, make sure you don’t leave the tap running!
Preventing burst or frozen pipes
Brrrrrr. It’s been a pretty mild winter so far but temperatures are starting to take a tumble and the first shoots of spring are still a long way off. We recommend you take some time out from snuggling up in the warmth to prepare you and your family against a frozen or burst pipe. Use our burst pipe prevention check list to protect your home.
Burst Pipe Prevention Check List
1. First of all you should look at what insulation you already have – take a close look at your pipework, cistern and tanks.
If your pipes aren’t insulated then invest in a quality, waterproof foam lagging. Armaflex Pipe Lagging makes a good choice – it’s easy to install, lightweight and flexible.
2. Regularly check that all stop taps and valves are working as they should be. You should find your main stop tap where the pipework enters your house.
Ideally you should label all your stop taps and valves so that you can locate them easily in an emergency.
3. Even really well insulated pipes can freeze in a prolonged cold snap. The best solution in a really icy spell is to isolate and drain down external pipe work, outside taps and any exposed plumbing.
Call in a professional
If you’ve still got problems, we suggest that you contact a local plumber for their expert help and advice.
You can search for an approved local plumber on the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering’s website or here.
Get stocked up for winter
Saving water is a hot topic on our blog for obvious reasons, but while we save water we like to have some fun too and what better for place for children to make a splash than the bath?
Bath time gives children the chance to burn off the last of their energy before bedtime and it’s a chance for parents to join in the fun, especially if you can live with getting soaked in the process.
Over on our BathBuoy website we have lots of downloadable colouring sheets like this one based on our Penguin Island BathBuoy. Simply print off and share with your children and if your little artist is particularly pleased with their work then you can send it to us and we’ll pop it onto our gallery.
When it’s time to wash the felt tip pen from those sticky fingers here are some ideas for fun and games in the bath:
If you found this useful then you’ll be pleased to know we’re putting together another blog post with even more suggestions for fun and games at bath time. Keep your eyes peeled – we’ll be publishing it soon!
If you’re feeling inspired by our ideas then take a look at our fabulous range of educational and fun bath toys. And of course don’t forget our innovative water saving bath toy BathBuoy with both Pirate and Penguin Islands to choose from.