Why does saving water matter?
It’s no secret that we’re in a climate crisis, and we need to act now to protect the environment as well as save money.
Climate change is leading to increasing irregularity in rainfall which gives us dryer summers and wetter winters, leading to more chances of droughts. With population growth, increasing demand is taking more water from our natural resources such as rivers, bays and estuaries which is destroying ecosystems and emptying water reservoirs.
Save money by saving water. It takes energy to heat up and store hot water, so by reducing the amount of water you use around the house can save you money on your water and energy bills.
How do I save water?
Making a difference can be hard, but it can start by changing small behaviours that make a big difference.
Making changes can be hard, so why not start small?
- Switch to shorter showers – aim for 4 minutes. On average, a bath uses 80 litres per use.
- Turn off taps when you’re not using the water. Running taps can use 9 litres of water a minute, so 3 minutes of teeth cleaning with use 27 litres of water if you leave it running.
- Fully load appliances before use. On average, the dishwasher uses 10 litres of water, and a washing machine uses 60 litres per cycle.
- If your appliances have an eco-mode, use it. This lowers the temperature at which things are washed and uses energy and less water.
- Fit an aerator to your taps and showers. This can reduce the number of litres used without reducing the pressure.
- Fix any leaking taps and toilets. This can use up to 90 litres of water a day, and rapid streams of drips can waste 32,000 litres a year.
- Dual flush toilets only use up to 4-6 litres of water per flush compared to a standard toilet that uses 11 litres. If this is not available, you can use a cistern displacement device (link to – https://lowenergysupermarket.com/product/save-a-flush-toilet-cistern-water-saver-device/ ) which can save around 5,000 litres per year.
Learn more water saving tips – www.switchedonportsmouth.co.uk/savewater
Without a water meter, your bills are based on the value of your home. By switching to a water meter, you will only pay for what you use which can reduce your bills – without this, you can’t.
Use this calculator to see if you can reduce your water bills with a water meter – Water Meter Calculator | CCW (ccwater.org.uk)
If you, or anyone you know, is struggling to pay their bills you can contact the Switched On Portsmouth team for free advice and help. Call the freephone now on 0800 260 5907 or email email@example.com.
Click here to find out more energy saving tips – http://switchedonportsmouth.co.uk/learn/
To take part in World Water Day, find out how you can get involved – https://www.worldwaterday.org/