Small drips can become big bills! Not only do these pesky leaks hike your water bill up, they also damage the environment by using more energy! We have put together a blog with some handy tips on how to save water and what are the main culprits of water usage!

Bath & Shower

  • Do you find yourself taking more baths than showers? Five minute showers use less than 30 litres of water, whereas baths use between 55 and 95!
  • There are now water saving shower heads available. These combine air and water through the head to save the amount of water being used!

Taps

  • If your tap drips more than twice per minute, you could be wasting over 4 litres of water a week. This could be due to a perished washer or the cartridge or tap may need replacing!
  • Turning the tap off whilst brushing your teeth could save you over 12 litres of water if you brush for the recommended time of 2 minutes!

Toilet

  • Did you know, flushing the toilet accounts for up to 30% of your water bill. An average flush can use between 7 litres of water, for an ultra low flow toilet, all the way up to 16 litres for older, less water efficient toilets.  Considering the average person uses the toilet 2500 times per year, that’s a lot of water! 
  • A continuously running toilet not only becomes annoying, it can also waste over 500 litres of water daily! Thats enough to send your water bill sky high if it is left without repair!
  • Our advice to save money would be to have the internal mechanisms of the toilet changed if they are starting to show wear or small leaks. These will make your toilet work like brand new! 

Garden

  • There’s nothing we like more than a lovely hot summer, after all we don’t really get them that often!  However, a long dry period takes its toll on our lawns and gardens.  Instead of hiking up your water bill, consider having a water butt fitted, not only will it save money on your water bills it’s also much better for the environment. 
  • If you have no space for a water butt, be sure to water your garden with a watering can rather than your hose pipe. The garden hose can use up to 1000 litres of water an hour. In a prolonged dry spell, why not use your bath or washing up water to water your beds and baskets?

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Thanks,

Paula

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