More and more households are putting an emphasis on saving water in 2018 and what better place to start than the bathroom?
According to recent research, the average person uses around 142 litres of water per day in the UK, but don’t worry, we’ve spoken to top industry influencers to bring you their best tips on conserving water for 2018 so you can start reducing your water usage today.
Why Save Water?
Many of us turn on our taps without a thought of where our water comes from and it may seem strange to think that it could run out, but the harsh reality is that our resources are not unlimited.
Richard Lamondin, co-founder and CEO of EcoSystems, says: “There is an urgent need for conservation that is underscored by predictions of acute water shortages and higher costs”.
For this reason, water conservation should be a concept that we consider on a daily basis. It is simply a matter of having increased awareness when it comes to using water in the bathroom.
The Benefits of Saving Water
First things first. What’s in it for us? There’s a plethora of benefits when it comes to saving water in the bathroom. The most obvious advantages are the less water you use as a household, the lower your bills will be, and that reducing water use can cut your carbon footprint.
Mr Lamdon advises: “Beyond the environmental benefits of saving billions of gallons of water, on average we have seen clients save about 35 percent to as high as 68 percent off their bills”.
Saving money is for many an incentive to be more aware of water usage and take steps to reduce the amount we use each day.
Top Tips on Conserving Water
So how can we reduce water usage in the bathroom? From swapping long baths for short showers to upgrading your shower head, we look to industry influencers for advice on reducing water usage.
Use Water Wisely
Simply put, many people will be unaware of the amount of water they use in a day. When you are taking a shower or brushing your teeth, no doubt you will be going through a to-do list for the day ahead or reflecting on the events of your working week. A simple way to save water is to switch the tap off while you are brushing your teeth.
Shel Horowitz, Green/Transformative Biz Profitability and Expert, and author of Painless Green, said:
“Wet the toothbrush with a small trickle of water, and then turn the water off! Turn it back onto rinse the toothpaste off the brush at the end. A family of four could save hundreds of gallons every month just from this simple trick”.
Letting the tap run for a minute can waste up to 6 litres of water and, by only turning the tap on when you need to rinse, you can make a huge difference to your water consumption as a household.
A long hot shower may be just what you need to clear away the cobwebs on a morning, but cutting your shower time even by a small amount of time can make a big difference. Did you know that you use 2.5 gallons of water per minute when you shower? Think about how much water you could save by taking shorter showers.
Upgrade Your Shower Head
Is your shower head up to scratch? A leaky shower head could mean you are wasting water each day without even knowing it. As well as this, upgrading your shower head to a low-flow version with high pressure can help. The benefits of this mean not compromising your existing shower, while saving water usage and saving money.
James Lewis, Owner of Waterheaterwatch.com, says that newer designs have “air pressurized in the water” to help give the impression of a more powerful shower without damaging the experience: “There are ton of great shower heads that add air to pressurize the water to give a great shower feel without all the water usage. Win-win! Plus, changing a shower head is relatively cheap and easy, great bang for buck.”
Mr Landon agrees, explaining that changing shower heads and faucets can save up to 40 per cent or 55 per cent respectively. Perhaps it’s time to swap your shower head for a newer design?
Showers vs Baths
Doing your part to save water in the bathroom could be the difference between hopping in the shower or jumping in the bath.
Mr Horowitz, says: “A two- or three-minute shower will use a lot less water than a bath—especially if you turn the water off while you shampoo. A 20-minute shower will not—so aim for short showers.”
If you can’t give up the luxury of soaking in a hot bubble bath, Mr Horowitz offers the following advice: “If you’re taking a luxurious hot bath, see if anyone else wants the water before you drain the tub. Even if the next person freshens it with a couple of gallons of new hot water, it’s a lot less than refilling from scratch.”
Ready to make a change? Save money and save the planet simultaneously by upgrading your shower today.