Tips to save water at home

by  Lynsey Handley

Customer Manager of Bluewater Plumbers.

Most of us are guilty of using too much water, and the daft thing is reducing your usage is far easier than you think.  Check out our top tips on how to save water at home.

KITCHEN

Collect the water you use while washing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water your house plants.

Don’t use running water to thaw frozen food. Defrost overnight in the fridge.

If you accidently drop ice cubes, don’t put them in the sink.  Drop them into a house plant instead.

Choose the correct sized pan for cooking.  The bigger the pan the more water it will need for cooking. Also cooking your food in as little water as possible will help it retain more nutrients.

Soak your pots and pans instead of running the water to wash them clean.

Wash your fruit and veg in a bowl of water instead of running water from the taps.

If you use a dishwasher/ washing machine only run it when it is fully loaded to save water and electric.

Washing your clothes in cooler water will save water and electric, and help your clothes retain their colour.
BATHROOM

Fill the basin with water instead of running the tap to rinse your razor.

Turn the water off whilst brushing your teeth.

Make a point of regularly checking your toilet for leaks. Drop some food colouring into the cistern.  If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Get it fixed to save water.

When washing your hands turn the water off while you lather the soap.

Don’t use the toilet as a waste basket – those unnecessary flushes all add up.

Reduce your time in the shower.

Install low-flow shower heads.
If you suspect that you are using more water than you should there may well be a sinister reason.  Check out our earlier blog Do you have high water bills?