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How Can I Reduce My Water Bills?

June 19th 2014
By: Melanie

This time of year draws attention to the Water bills and water costs are becoming some of the largest costs of running a home. It is easy to think there is little that can be done to cut water bills, but there are some practical things you can do. Many homes are now on water meters and the switch can have some advantages:  You pay only for the amount of water you actually use so if you cut the amount you use, you can cut your bills. To reduce the amount of water you use it is useful to make a log of when and where you use if.  On average, each person uses about 150 litres (or 270 pints) of water every day.
 
The top tips to reduce your water consumption include having a quick shower rather than a bath. The average bath uses 80 litres of water, while a shower only uses 35 litres. Always turn off the tap when you are brushing your teeth. If five people who brush their teeth twice a day all leave the tap on you’ll get through an unnecessary 20 litres. Make sure you have an efficient dishwasher and only put it on when full. Wash your clothes when they are dirty not when you have just tried them on and dropped them on the bedroom floor. Don’t water the garden unnecessarily, a garden hose uses 10 litres a minute – most plants don’t need water every day. Alternatively, use rainwater from a water butt. Put a big plastic bottle filled with water in your toilet cistern to save the amount of water that is used. Some loos use over 10 litres of water per flush!