With bills rising and water still vital for everyday use in the home, here are some useful tips provided by Anglian Water to ensure that you are doing everything you can to save as much water as possible:
Turn off Taps
Remember to turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. A running tap can use up to 6 litres a minute and by turning off the tap you could save enough water for a nice soak in the bath once a week.
Full loads in Washing machines
Wait until you have a full load before using your washing machine. Washing machines use around 14% of the water used in the home so fill up or use the half-load button. You’ll save water, energy and detergent. The same goes for dishwashers.
Wash veg in a bowl of water
Wash your vegetables in a bowl, not under a running tap. A running tap can use up to 6 litres a minute and by turning off the tap you could save enough water for a nice soak in the bath once a week.
Don’t water plants in the sun
Water plants early morning or late evening to prevent evaporation when it’s warm. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast first though- it might rain tomorrow.
Keep water in the fridge
Avoid running the tap until the water runs cold every time you want a drink. Keep a jug of water in the fridge so you always have cool drinking water but don’t keep it for too long – about 48 hours.
Anglian Water are offering free home visits to anyone who wants them. On these visits they will advise how the resident can save water and will fit water saving devices where possible, also for free. This will help save water as well as reducing the water bills. It is reported that these visits result in residents managing to save around £40 a year off their water bill.
Visit www.anglianwater.co.uk/using-water-wisely for more information.