Top Water Saving Tips for Your Bathroom and Kitchen
With environmentalism at the forefront of so much of what’s new in design, eco-friendly bathrooms and kitchens that conserve and save water are absolute must-haves in any modern home. And not only will water-saving design help the planet, it’ll also help your bank balance – it’s win-win for everyone!
Money Down the Drain
Water-inefficient bathrooms are literally money down the drain; from leaky taps to water-hungry baths, your home could be costing you an unnecessary fortune. Let’s look at some of the stats:
- Leaving the tap running while you brush your teeth uses around 10 litres of water per minute. If it takes you three minutes to brush your teeth and you brush them twice a day, that’s 60 litres per day or 21,900 litres per year! This could be adding up to £100 on to your water bill every year. It’s enough to put your teeth on edge.
- Lots of bathrooms have older toilets – if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right? Wrong! Older toilets can use up to 12 litres of water per flush, costing you up to £200 per year.
- We all know baths take up more water than showers, but do you know just how much? One bath uses up to 100 litres of water – that’s 60% more than a shower. Bathing just three times a week can add up to £50 to your bill every year.
- Of course, some showers are just as bad – if you have a power shower or another similarly high-flow setup, just those last two minutes of your shower could be costing you around £44 per year. That makes a grand total of £394 per year that could be saved – and that’s only in the bathroom…
Save Water, Save Money, Save the Planet
Being a little more water conscious is starting to sound good, right? Here are some of our top tips for getting started.
- Install a water meter – First things first, it’s a good idea to really get to grips with your water usage to see where the leaks (both physically and financially!) might be happening. A water meter will help you keep an eye on things.
- Fix your leaks – Leaky loos and dripping taps are estimated to lead to 4,680 litres of wasted water per household per year. Get your pipes shipshape to make those savings.
- Upgrade – Older models of taps, toilets, showers and baths are not designed to be water-efficient. Spending a little money on upgrading to modern solutions, such as water-saving shower heads or cistern displacement disks, will save you money in the long run. For example, our Vado and VitrA ranges specialise in the most innovate, state-of-the-art designs.
- Make little changes – Every little helps, as they say, and it’s really the little changes that make a huge difference when it comes to saving water at home. Turn the taps off when brushing your teeth, take just two minutes less in the shower or one less bath a week, fill your bath a centimetre less than you would do normally, harvest rainwater to water your garden instead of using the hose, only wash full loads and use the economy settings on your dishwasher and washing machine, keep jugs of cold water in the fridge so you don’t have to run your tap to get it – the list goes on! Start making just the tiniest of changes and you should see the results in no time, saving both your pennies and the planet.
If you’d like to explore some water-saving devices for your bathroom, why not pop into our bathroom showrooms in Ipswich and Hadleigh to browse the available options? You can also get in touch with our bathroom specialists to discuss things further and to enquire about our free bathroom design service.