With the news reported by the MET Office that the UK is witnessing its second driest spring since 1910, thinking about making a wiser use of water in your household is becoming a priority. Online retailer Bathrooms.com give you five tips to help you save water and energy in the bathroom.
Just a drop in the ocean?
According to Non Governmental Agency Waterwise, a running tap uses 6 litres of water per minute, a shower anywhere between 9 and 45 litres per minute and a hosepipe as much as 1000 litres per hour. Before letting the tap run, think twice. Do you really need to leave the water flow while brushing your teeth or shampooing? Is there a way you could collect rain water for your garden and washing your car, or install a domestic water reclamation system to recycle used water for toilets and outside taps?
One thing to pay special attention to are dripping taps, which can use as much as 5,000 litres of water a year, but can be fixed much more easily than you would think.
Don’t go with the flow
Installing flow reduction devices such as low-flow shower heads and taps aerators will on average reduce your water consumption by 50 to 70%. Aerators work by combining air with water and evenly distributing the water out of the tap into droplets. Not only less water comes out of the tap, but splashes are also reduced whilst a consistent water pressure is maintained. Aerators are available in many sizes and will fit most circular taps. They are also inexpensive and easy to install, so no excuse not to use them. On the same principle, replacing your current shower head by a low-flow one is a quick and easy step to saving water.
Did you know that 30% of our daily water use is flushed down the toilets? A few simple things can help you reduce that amount, and they don’t involve you stopping to flush! A traditional way to use less water when flushing is to drop a plastic bottle filled with sand or water in the toilet’s tank. This way, the level of water in the tank will be higher with however less water stored in it, and flushed each time. Another option is to install a dual flush system allowing you to decide whether you want to flush 3 or 6 litres of water, against the average 14 litres for old toilet systems.
Invest in an electric shower
An electric shower will provide you with hot-water on demand, but will also help save energy and reduce your bill, as less electricity is used than for continuously heating hot water from conventional tank water heaters.
The popularity of electric shower means than many types are now available on the market, from basic functionality to luxurious jets.
Check your ventilation system
Ventilating your bathroom is very important if you want to avoid the creation of mould in corners, and most bathrooms are now fitted with an extractor. If working inefficiently, an extractor will not only not do its job, but also over-use energy. To check that your extractor is performing efficiently, place a sheet of toilet paper on it when it’s on. If the paper doesn’t stick to the fan, it is probably blocked by cobwebs or dust, so give it a good clean. If you are considering buying a new fan, try one with timer, moisture or movement censor as they will optimise energy use.
But if your bathroom is fitted with a window, the most energy-efficient option is to keep it ajar while having a shower and open it wide when leaving the room.
This article was provided by online bathrooms retailer Bathrooms.com
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Author: Ms Sabelline Chicot