Saving water gives your wallet a boost

Showers generally use less water than baths.
Showers generally use less water than baths.

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After so much snow and rain, excess water is a problem, if anything, but it probably won’t be long before we’re being told to save water because of a drought.

If your home has a water meter, conserving water should always be something you’re conscious of because it saves you money.

Around 25 per cent of the clean water we use at home is flushed down the loo, but you can save a lot by only flushing when absolutely necessary.

If this doesn’t appeal, you can at least restrict the amount of water used for each flush by fitting a water-saving loo, such as a dual-flush one, which has a big and a little flush.

Baths also drink a lot of water. Taking a shower uses around two-thirds less water than taking a bath, providing you’re only in there for a few minutes and it’s a conventional (not a power) shower.

You’ll save even more water by fitting a flow-restricting (non-aerating) or aerating shower head. These use less water per minute, but shouldn’t leave you showering in a dribble, although how well they’ll work will depend on the water flow of the shower.

If you have a dripping tap, get it fixed as quickly as possible, as it will waste thousands of litres of water over the course of a year. Often it simply needs a new washer, which isn’t hard to fit.

You can also fit flow restrictors to taps, or water-efficient or aerating taps to reduce the amount of water coming out of them.