Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Being "Water Wise"

We use to live in Devon and the water company SWW are one of the most expensive suppliers, the water bills were crazy. It wasn't until a few years ago after a few scary bills we decided we should take action.

We can all reduce our bills by making small changes and choosing more water efficient products.

Our money is better off in our pockets than being washed down the drain.

How we save water will not be to everyone's taste and might seem a bit drastic to some, being extravagant is not going to help us save money, needs must, we are on a mission.

Saving water in the bathroom...

Don't leave the tap running when cleaning your teeth.

The water takes a long time to warm up here, so instead of just running it down the drain until it gets warm we use a jug and bucket to save it all , it then gets used for flushing.

Water even gets scooped out of the sink to be reused for the loo.
Toilets use about 30% of the total used in a household, so it is worth doing.

Most toilets have a dual flush option now, so you can choose a long or shorter flush.
The water companies actually give away freebies to help you save, so I recommend checking that out.

The shower uses the water and the gas/boiler , "Power Showers" can easily use more water than a bath.

So take a look at the shower head.

Aerated shower heads reduce the amount of water in the flow, but maintain the pressure, and just like a normal shower head , they will produce a steady and even spray.

Low flow shower heads will reduce the amount of water that is used and still give you the full feel of a normal shower.

So just by changing the head you can save money and still have a nice shower.

Also the time you take in the shower is also a big factor, I am as quick as I can be, sometimes it takes a little longer when I condition my hair , do a face wash, or shave my legs for example. 

If you wet yourself down, then turn off the shower whilst you wash your hair, and lather up it takes no time at all.

I do have a few odd baths now and then in the winter, but the water is always kept for flushing.


In the kitchen...

I don't wash dishes , we have a smaller size dishwasher. A common misconception is that dish washers use more water, in fact these machines can be good water savers , modern models use very little water, even less than washing up by hand. But then I suppose the other argument could be it uses electric. 

I use the eco cycle which washes at 30 degrees, and it is all done and dried within 20 mins. Nothing to do with saving water but I also use the cheap tablets from Home Bargains, £1.69 they are 7 in 1 so do everything, I have even started using half a tablet unless it is an exceptionally dirty/greasy lot of dishes.
It only runs when it is completely full and I never pre rinse, just make sure everything is scraped off.

The Washing Machine....

Well this use to be put on everyday, but now only around three times a week, I use a combination of cycles. Towels, flannels, bedding , underwear get washed on a longer hotter cycle, whilst everyday clothes will get washed on the shorter cycle, which saves on water and electric.

Any cleaning cloths or clothes which have been soaking in a bucket, the water will get reused, also soaking any stained items means you don't have to run the machine on a long cycle.

The kettle only gets filled with the amount of water needed which saves on electric.
Water from steaming the veg gets used for making the gravy.
Water from boiling the eggs will get used for houseplants.

In the garden..

We have four water butts on the corners of the shed, this takes care of all the garden, patio cleaning and car washing.

As with our gas and electric we think about every drop we use.

Our bills are very low.