I’ve always been a bit of a stickler for saving water.
I became even more so last summer when – during the kitchen renovation – we had a water meter fitted. Overnight, it took our water bills down from about £70 a month to less than £20. Result.
Yorkshire Water’s latest water conservation campaign ‘Save a little, save a lot’ is highlighting easy, everyday water-saving habits.
Every household in the region can claim a free water-saving pack, containing tap inserts, a shower regulator, an egg timer and a bag for your cistern. They’re also donating 10p to WaterAid for every pack ordered.
I’ve teamed up with them to make some pledges for ways I’m going to save water – because you can always do more!
This can save you up to £15 a year.
That could save you £7 a year.
This could be tough, because I love a good, hot, long shower! I now have my four-minute shower timer from my water-saving pack to remind me. This could save £120 a year.
Something for the future, as behind this pledge you will see the
disaster area work in progress that is our back garden. But combined these two simple measures can save thousands of litres of water a year.
What else could you do?
1. Use a water efficient showerhead. The water-saving pack has a nifty little shower regulator that looks super easy to fit based on this video. However, before you fit it you have to see if it’ll benefit your particular shower by turning the water on and filling a measuring jug for 5 seconds. If the level is over 700 ml, it’s worth it. Mine was about 600ml.
2. Fit a flush saver in your toilet. This unassuming-but-genius little bag that saves 1.2 litres of water every time you flush is also included in the water-saving pack. However you don’t need it if you have a dual flush system, like we have. I think I’m going to pop it in our ancient toilet at work.
3. Fix any dripping taps. I’m lucky I have a clever husband who can fix pretty much anything :)
4. Fit your taps with an aerator, also included in your water-saving pack! Again, this wasn’t suitable for us because in the bathroom we have those fancy waterfall taps and our kitchen tap came with an aerator fitted (good old Ikea – all their taps do). From the video the aerator looks really easy to install too.
5. Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth.
6. Use a washing up bowl instead of rinsing dishes under a running tap.
Lots more tips – and how to request a water-saving pack – here!
Do you have any other ideas for using less water?
*written in collaboration with Yorkshire Water but content and opinions my own