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Seven Ways to Save Water in the Bathroom

There are plenty of ways to save water in the bathroom, from switching the tap off when brushing your teeth to having a shower instead of a bath, so follow these tips to save money and energy.

Saving water in the shower

Did you know that showering accounts for a staggering 25% of the water used in the home? A thermostatic shower uses 9 litres of water per minute and the average person spends approximately seven minutes in the shower, which equates to a total of 63 litres of water. Simply by reducing the time spent showering you can save an impressive 3,285 litres of water over a year!

You can save water in the shower by turning the water off when lathering up and when you’re shaving your legs.

Another easy way to save both water and energy is to fit a new water-efficient shower head. Water-efficient shower heads incorporate technology that’s capable of producing a water flow that feels much higher than it actually is, so you still get to enjoy a refreshing showering experience.

Low flow shower heads are most effective on power and mixer showers with a high flow rate, but are not suitable for fitting to an electric shower as they can cause damage to the shower unit.

Water saving toilets

Did you know that 30% of all water used in the home is flushed down the loo every day? Toilets purchased before 1993 will most likely feature a cistern that uses 9.5 litres of water per flush, while those installed after 1993 typically consume 7.5 litres of water. But, the latest water saving toilets now use an impressive 4 or 2 litres of water!

Using up to 6 litres less than an old-fashioned toilet, low flush and dual flush toilets are designed to reduce the volume of water used for flushing, and can save over 16,000 litres of water per year! So, the sooner you replace that seriously out-of-date toilet the sooner you can save water and money.

For a fast and simple way to waste less water without buying a new toilet, just fit a dual-flush insert device that’s retrofitted into your old cistern. Fitting a hippo or save-a-flush displacement device can save between one and three litres per flush.

Switch off the tap

Leaving the tap running when brushing your teeth can use as much as 10 litres of water per minute. It’s recommended to spend around five minutes each day brushing your teeth, and if the tap is left running for that amount of time, you could waste as much as 18,250 litres each year. So, don’t forget to turn the tap off; by far one of the easiest ways to save water in the bathroom!

Reduced capacity baths

Did you know that if everyone in a family of four replaces one bath a week with a five minute shower, you can actually save up to £15 a year on gas bills and up to £25 on water bills if you have a water metre.

Standard baths have a capacity of around 80 litres, so even if it’s less than half full it still uses a lot of water. If you’re on the hunt for a new bath, opt for a low capacity one, plus don’t forget that you can take a quick shower instead of a bath to save water and money.

Fit a flow regulator

You can still save water by fitting flow regulators and aerators if you can’t afford to replace the taps or shower. Easy to install, flow devices feature precision made holes or filters to regulate the flow of water but without affecting how it feels to you.

Some flow regulators can reduce water consumption by up to an incredible 40% by limiting the amount of water to just 9.5 litres per minute.

Plug the basin

On average, basin taps deliver 8 litres of water per minute, so leaving the tap running when washing your hands or face can waste a lot of water. Most bathroom sinks can hold 4 litres of water, so put the plug in when washing hands or shaving to reduce water usage by up to 50%.

Repair a dripping tap

For every tap that constantly drips, approximately 90 litres of water is wasted every week. Repairing a leaking or dripping tap is simple to do, and can really help to save water in the bathroom.

A lot of us aren’t aware of the full financial or environmental costs of just how much water we consume, especially in the bathroom. It’s important to reduce your water consumption to not only save a great deal on your energy bills, but to reduce your carbon footprint too.

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