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Save money and save water this Autumn!

27 September 2023 15:42

Save Water and Money  | NI Water News

With the weather outside and the darker evenings approaching it looks like autumn is here and now is the time to get water smart and learn about the simple things we can all do to help save water and money in our homes.

With the typical autumn showers outside we might think that there is more water than enough going around. However, as we are now approaching winter and with the rise of energy costs we are encouraging the public to cut back on shower times - not only to save energy, but also to save money!

There are lots of ways you can encourage your family to save water- from using a timer while brushing your teeth, a shower timer to keep their time limited, and also teaching them about why it is important to conserve water for the environment and to save a bit of extra money around the house. When you start to think how much water you are using each day - washing your hands, cleaning dishes or that mountain of washing - you start to realise just how important water is and the sheer amount we use.

Some water saving tips:

1. Spend less time in the shower- By spending one minute less in the shower every day this will save around £30 a year for an average household. An additional £40-£55 can be saved per year by replacing an inefficient shower head with a water efficient one.

2. Only boil the water you need in the kettle- this can save you around £6 per year.

3. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth - A running tap can use 6 litres of water per minute. Use a timer while brushing your teeth to ensure you don’t waste any extra water too, you can also use a shower timer to avoid extra water being used.

4. Use a bowl for washing vegetables - Then you can reuse this water for plants.

5. Make full use of your washing machine - Half load programmes on washing machines use more than half the water and energy of a full load, so wait until the machine is full before switching it on. Washing clothes at 30 degrees C and one less cycle per week can save around £15 a year on energy.

6. Fix leaking taps - A dripping tap can waste more than 60 litres of water per week.

7. Keep a jug of water in the fridge, instead of letting the tap run cold. NI Water recommends water in the fridge needs to be changed every day or used within 24 hours.If you want to ‘Get Water Fit’ our online water audit can help or take part in water saving challenges and receive your free water saving items including 4 minute shower timer, toothy timers and swell gel bags for the garden.   

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Some of the above information has came from the Energy Saving Trust.

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