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Use Water Wisely – It could save you money!

It seems like we have been waiting all year for the sunshine to appear, but this doesn’t mean we should be as lacklustre as the weather when it comes to saving water. When that orange thing in the sky actually makes an appearance it can be tempting to fill up the paddling pool and get the water sprinkler blasting, but it may be prudent to keep an eye on your water usage (and importantly water wastage), especially if you have a water meter.

Money is not the only reason to watch your usage, we need to remember that water is a precious resource too. While realistically we are not going to deny the kiddies a splash in a paddling pool or the thrill of running through water sprinklers this summer, there is much you can do in everyday life to make sure you are not wasting this precious resource.

The CIPHE has put together the following water saving tips to help you cut your water bills all year round (and not just on the rare occasion the sun shines…)

  • Take a shower, rather than a bath.
  • When brushing your teeth, turn off taps in-between rinsing your toothbrush.
  • Always turn taps off tightly so they do not drip.
  • Try to use electrical appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines when full. While modern high-end washing machines will calculate the load and use water accordingly, the majority of washing machines and nearly all dishwashers will use the same amount of water whether the machine is half empty or full.
  • Invest in rainwater butts to catch rainwater. This water can then be used to fill fishponds and water the garden – saving you money on your water bills.
  • Fix any dripping taps or plumbing leaks.

The last point may seem like a small matter, but did you know a dripping tap can waste more than 60 litres of water per week if it isn’t rectified? If you have a water meter installed this will certainly push up your bills, so you will be losing money as well as wasting water. Just think, if it continues over a long period, say three months you could be paying for 720 litres of unused water.  Now add this cost to the water used to fill up that paddling pool and suddenly your bank account is a lot lighter and the cost of getting the leak fixed is a lot more attractive.

Always use a professional plumber to rectify plumbing problems. To find one is your area visit our find a plumber tool. http://www.ciphe.org.uk/consumer/find-a-plumber/