It’s said that 88% of viewers who watched Blue Planet II changed their throwaway plastic lifestyle and reconsidered their everyday habits. So if we were to tell you that David Attenborough was about to narrate a show on how you can save water and help the planet we know and love – whilst also saving yourself some cash – would you be interested?
OK, so we don’t have connections with Sir David Attenborough, but we do have tips that we feel would be right up his street!
Fresh, clean water is actually a very limited resource, and with droughts occurring in various places in the world, it is easy to see why water is such a precious commodity. Even in the UK, we’ve had hosepipe bans before to ensure that we aren’t caught short when it comes to our water supply, because we rely on it for almost everything we do.
Let’s take a look at 3 ways you can save water.
1. Water-saving toilets
Each time we flush the toilet, we use 1.6 gallons of water to push the waste from the bowl and through to the sewers – that’s a lot of water! The average person flushes the toilet 5 times a day, so if you live with a partner or a big family, you’d be flushing a minimum of 10 times a day. In a household of just two flushing 10 times a day for a week, they could fill more than 2 whole baths. Thankfully, industry improvement has found a solution to make flushing toilets more eco-friendly and using 1.28 gallons of water per flush instead. This 20% less water used when flushing the toilet will certainly add up and reduce your overall household wastewater bills.
2. Low-flow showerheads
A 10-minute shower can use 20 gallons of water and if you shower once a day, in a week that’s 170 gallons a week and if your water bill is quarterly, expect to see 1,820 gallons of wastewater used – coming from just one single person. To save money and make your home more energy efficient, install a low-flow fixture on your showerhead. A low-flow showerhead doesn’t lessen the shower’s performance but will use up less water.
3. Insulated plumbing
In older homes, it’s likely that the insulation hasn’t been updated in a while which means pipes are unlikely to be fitted with the most effective materials. So imagine hot water travelling through an old house with tired insulation around the pipework, can you picture the heat that would be lost along its travels? This puts increased demand on a hot water heater, so to make an old home more energy efficient, pipe insulation could be the answer to a hotter shower and lower bills.
We’ve all heard the saying ‘flushing money down the drain’, so why do it? Need help, advice or want to book in our services? Contact Around The Bend Plumbing today. We work with toilets, sinks, showers, baths and more! With competitively priced services and a dedicated team on hand to provide optimal customer care, don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’re here to help.