WATER CHARGES | SAVING MONEY BY MINIMISING
YOUR HOUSEHOLD WATER USAGE
The following advice, from SOS Plumbers, Dublin (01-2844921) will help minimise your water bills and reduce water wastage.
Cut 1 or 2 minutes from your shower time. For each minute for a regular shower you will save around 2,500 litres per year. For a power shower you can save around 9,000 litres per year.
Get a low flow shower head installed. This can save 12%
each time you have a shower.
When cleaning your teeth or shaving put the plug in and
partially fill the sink. If you clean your teeth with the tap
running for 2 minutes thatís 12 litres of water wasted.
You can save 3,500 per year alone by doing this.
Washing your hands or face, again put the plug in.
Toilet flushing. Although there is an argument from some
groups recommending changing your existing toilet to a
dual flush system this may not be wise.
From a plumbers perspective a lot of the change over kits are poorly manufactured, unreliable and often break quickly or jam up. We have found even with professional installation of these (weíve tried a few different types) they are more trouble than they are worth.
By all means if you are having a new toilet cistern installed we highly recommend a dual flush. The most economic models will run on a 4.5 litre and 6.5 litre flush approximately. This is in comparison to the standard old model which uses about 13 litres per flush.
The simplest solution is the water displacement method. If you take a 1 litre plastic milk bottle fill the bottom with some sand or gravel for weight then top it up with water and firmly screw the top on. Remove the cistern lid and carefully slide it to the bottom making sure it doesnít interfere with any moving parts. Each one of these saves 1 litre per flush. For big cisterns you can use 2 litre bottles. Some cisterns will take 4 litres of displacement. At an average of 5 flushes a day this is nearly 7,500 litres saved.
Washing Machines. If you are looking for a new one check the energy efficiency carefully. The best ones will use under 40 litres for a full wash. This can save 25-30 litres in comparison to some models. If you are not planning on buying new just yet avoid an extra rinse and make sure you do a full load every time.
If you are washing your vegetables or salad ingredients make sure you have a plastic bowl. Not only are you not having the tap running at 6 litres a minute you can use the saved water for your indoor plants or your garden.
Donít over fill the kettle. In the long run you will save a bit of water and some small costs in electricity.
If you have a garden, why not buy a water butt or even two? These will pay for themselves over time. You can then use all the collected water for your garden.
Car washing. There are now some great waterless car cleaning products. You wonít need sponges, buckets, squeegees or chamois leathers any more either.
Make sure you dishwasher is totally full before you start the cycle.
Drinking water. People tend to let the tap run for the water to go cold for drinking water or dilutable drinks. This wastes around 4 litres per time. Instead, fill up plastic bottles or containers and chill them in the fridge.
This is a guest article contributed by SOS Plumbers, Dublin. For professional advice and free quotes for all plumbing services in Dublin call SOSDublinPlumbers on 01-2844921 or find us at SOS Plumbers Dublin
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