Is your water bill too high? Look after the planet and your pocket by following these waterwise tips.
1. Look for leaks
A leaky toilet or dripping tap can waste more than 700 litres of water a day. Find the leaks and fix ’em! Often it’s as cheap and easy as a new washer.
Top tip: To check for leaks, add a bit of food colouring or instant coffee to your toilet cistern. Without flushing, wait 10 to 15 minutes and see if any of the colour has reached the bowl. Other telltale signs of a leak are: if you have to jiggle the handle of your loo, or if you hear sounds of water coming from the toilet when it’s not in use.
2. Update your bathroom fixtures
Newer-model taps and showerheads, with features such as aerators and flow restrictors, can cut water use by 70 per cent. Time for an upgrade!
3. Everything in moderation
Where possible, shower. A quick, five-minute shower consumes around 30 litres of water, as opposed to the 100 litres of water needed for a bath. When you do bath, put the plug in before waiting for the water to heat up, and fill only as much as you need.
4. Pimp your loo
Modern flushing mechanisms such as dual flush, reduced water-capacity toilet cisterns and toilet floats can save on the amount of water used when flushing. Remember to only flush when necessary – use the dustbin for disposing of tissues, cotton balls and the like.
5. Don’t waste water
Leaving the water running while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your hands wastes a lot of water. A running tap uses around six litres of water a minute. So turn it off if you don’t need it, or tap some water into the basin to use.
6. Gear up your geyser
Saving energy is just as important as saving water. Make sure your geyser is insulated so that no heat is lost unnecessarily. Consider lowering the peak temperature so that less energy is used to heat it. Turn your geyser off when you’re not using it, or put it on a timer to be most energy efficient.
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