For Water Saving Week, we caught up with Area Manager and Senior Project Manager, Amrik Randhawa from our fast-growing Water team on his top 5 tips for saving water at home. You might be surprised how small changes can make a huge difference not only to the planet, but your bills too!
Amrik’s top 5 water saving tips:
Fill the kettle only with what you need
We’re almost certain that the amount of teas and coffees consumed at home have increased with remote working this year, but do you check how much water is in the kettle before setting it to boil? Filling the kettle too much not only wastes water, but can also increase your bills with it being one of the most energy-draining household appliances. Next time it’s your turn to make a brew, only fill it with what you need first. Another great alternative to a kettle is installing a hot tap in your home to ensure you only use what you need.
Install a water butt for gardening
Water butts collect rain water to use for gardening and other outdoor activities. Though they may not be the most attractive feature in your garden, they are a cost effective and efficient way to make use of natural rain water. Water butts can be purchased from home and garden stores such as Homebase and Screwfix for as little as £40 and are ideal for people with a large garden to tend to, or children with water toys that need refilling in the summer!
Ensure a water meter is installed at your home
Most new homes will have a water meter already installed and some water companies will fit them as standard. If you don’t have one installed and you own your home, you can ask your water company to install one free of charge (as long as no plumbing or additional works are required). Water meters help you to keep an eye on your water usage which help to save money on bills and protect the environment.
Don’t leave the tap running while you clean your teeth
This is a small change you can make to your every day routine to ensure running water isn’t going to waste. Run the tap briefly to rinse your toothbrush and you’ll save heaps of water – simple!
Wash your car at home, rather than a car wash
Instead of taking your car to a car wash facility, grab a sponge and bucket and wash your car at home instead. Car washes use a vast amount of water, while washing at home can take a mere 2-3 buckets. It’s a great family activity if you get the kids involved too! You’ll also save on petrol from driving to and from the car wash, helping the environment further by reducing emissions.