In a constant battle to reduce the cost of living for the average household, cutting costs caused by water usage has always been at the top of the agenda, not to mention the reduction of impact on the environment. Saving water at home can be really easy and cheap, and whatever you can do to contribute, you should do. this article highlights some effective but easy ways of saving water in places you wouldn’t have thought of, if you feel your water bill is too high and need some ideas on what to do about it, read on.
We all want to try save the planet and cut the cost of our water bill at the end of the month, right? What are you doing in order to achieve this? Perhaps, you use a dishwashing machine instead of hand washing your dishes, and maybe make sure all your taps are free of leaks and so forth, but is this enough? Maybe it is, but we have a couple more ideas that can help save you even more water on a monthly basis, that you might not have been aware of.
Below is a list of ways you can save water and when done together and continuously, you could see some really substantial reductions in how much money you pay towards the water bill and do your bit to save the planet.
HERE ARE FIVE GREAT WAYS TO SAVE ON YOUR HOUSEHOLD WATER CONSUMPTION :
Water Saving Ideas
Sweep, Don’t Hose Down:
As easy as it can make things, using the hosepipe to rinse debris off your driveways, paths, pavements, patios, etc is a massive waste of water, I know it makes life so much easier, but in all truths, it’s just the “lazy” way out. To save substantial amounts of water, grab the broom and get your hands dirty, your wallet will love you for it.
Insulate Hot-Water Pipes:
This one’s a double saver. by wrapping your hot water piping with foam rubber insulation, the dense rubber will keep the trapped water in your pipes hotter for longer. This in turn reduces the amount of cold water required to run through the pipe before hot water comes out and as an added benefit, you also cut the amount of electricity it takes to heat up the water in your geyser. So contact your plumber for an installation quote, now!
Use Bark Mulch Everywhere You Can:
Around your flower beds, shrubs, trees and in your garden, spread a layer of bark mulch to the surfaces; this not only suppresses weeds, it also retains moisture in the soil, so this will help you reduce the amount of times you water your botanical assets, and contribute to the overall savings on your water bill.
Use Your Shower Instead Of The Bath:
An average bathtub of about 1.5m long by 0.6m wide and 0.3m deep can hold about 270 litres of water, reduced by a third (the average fill of a bath, especially in colder weather) which adds up to roughly 180 liters of water per bath, over a month of taking a bath every day this can add up. By taking a shower more frequently than a bath, fitted with the right shower head, you can save up to half of what you would normally use when taking baths, so think about it and do your best to economize where you can.
Check The Loo For Leaks:
This is an often overlooked potential gold mine of water saving potential. Over years, a toilet tank can leak without anyone ever knowing about it, because the water doesn’t go to the floor, instead it leaks into the toilet bowl. An easy way to detect whether or not this is the case is to remove the tank cover add a few drops of food colouring to the water, in about half an hour check for coloured water in the toilet bowl. You know what it means if the water in the bowl has taken the colour of the food colouring, yip you guessed it, you have a leak and it’s time you called in the plumber for a maintenance consultation.
Although some of these ideas may cost you some money, it is a fair trade compared to the savings you will achieve on your water bill, and even though you may do one of these and cut costs slightly, if all are implemented regularly you will see a dramatic reduction in your monthly spend on water and not to mention your contribution to keeping water running across the globe for generations to come. So if you have any ideas of your own that you use at home to save water post us a comment and share your ideas with us we really love hearing from you.
This post was sponsored by Finish the Dishwashing Expert, in an effort to help everyday households efficiently get household chores done the green way. Visit their website for tips on dishwashing and more.