How to Save Water in the Bathroom
If like me, you spend your time despairing over rising energy costs and other household bills, or even why so many toilet rolls get used in the home, then this may well be the article for you. I got extremely fed up with seeing how much water got wasted during various uses of it during the home that I decided to make a few changes.
In an ideal world, I would have a method to recycle the clean water that gets wasted and put it to other uses, such as being stored in a large capacity container under my home and then used for flushing the toilet or watering the garden. As this is not really practical and would be very complicated to implement, I must settle for being conservative about things.
Here are some of the things I have learnt from my research, as well as some of the more common sense methods that may be fairly obvious to everybody but how many of them do you actually utilise?
Turn taps off when not being used - Leaving a tap running in the sink while brushing your teeth can waste a staggering 6 litres a minute. Just think about how much that will add up to over a year, hitting you in the pocket.
Don't take too long in the shower - Have you heard of the "2-minute shower challenge"? This is not the easiest thing to do in the world, especially when it's a cold morning and the warm water is far too nice to step out of. However there are simple timers available to buy that are placed somewhere in your bathroom and once the time is up you are alerted, or you could just use a timer on your phone (provided you keep it far away from the water of course). A shower can use up to 9 litres of water a minute on high-powered models.
Check with your local water company - Many of them do offer water saving devices free of charge and these will vary from a strangely named contraption called a water hippo that fits in the cistern of your toilet to pressure regulators for your shower head. Well worth checking out.
A leaking tap can waste at least 5,500 litres of water a year. So if you have one at home then fix it quick.
Reduce the number of baths - I haven't had a bath for about three years (I don't smell, honest!) but when we acquired a 360 degree shower head from Mira that has multi-spray patterns, I was like a child in Toys R Us. I have never wanted a bath ever since, and although I have no idea how much water I have saved by doing this, I imagine it will be rather a lot. However, you still need to keep showers short or the water saved from not filling up a bath will quickly be eaten up.
Buy a new toilet or a water-saving toilet converter for an existing toilet - The UK government has ruled that new toilets aren't allowed to use more than 6 litres per flush, so any new toilet will immediately save more water than an older model (which can use up to 12 litres of water per flush). Dual flush toilets are the best choice as you can pick from a 3 litre half flush for liquids and a 6 litre full flush for solids. If you want to keep your old toilet, a water-saving toilet converter will ensure you don't use too much.
I hope at least one of these tips will help you save water over the coming years and in the next week or so I will also be publishing an article displaying some of the ways that you can save water in the kitchen.