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 five tips for saving water at home. You might be surprised at how small changes can add up to make a huge difference – not only to the planet, but your bills too.
- Only fill the kettle with what you need – With remote working this year, the amount of teas and coffees consumed at home are bound to have increased. But do you check how much water is in the kettle before setting it to boil? Filling the kettle too much doesn’t just waste water – it can also increase your bills as it is one of the most energy-draining household appliances. Next time you make a brew, only fill it with what you need. 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 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, and are ideal for people with a large garden, or children with water toys that need refilling in the summer
- Ensure a water meter is installed at your home – Most new homes will already have a water meter and some water companies will fit them as standard. If you don’t have one installed and you own your home, ask your water company to install one free of charge (as long as no plumbing or additional works are required). Water meters help you keep an eye on your water usage, saving money on bills and protecting the environment
- Don’t leave the tap running while you clean your teeth – This small change to your every day routine ensures running water doesn’t go to waste. Run the tap briefly to rinse your toothbrush and you’ll save heaps of water
- Wash vehicles at home rather than at a car wash – Instead of taking vehicles to a car wash, grab a sponge and wash them at home. Car washes use a vast amount of water, whilst 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