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As a company we are well aware of the environmental impact of not only various household products (including stoves and fires!), but also the behaviour of householders, and how their actions have an impact on the environment.
We talk at length about how to increase the efficiency of your wood burning stove and electric fires, but this is just one piece of the jigsaw. There is many things you need to be considering, to live a more environmentally friendly, sustainable life.
Below are a few tips you can do, to save water:
1. Turn Your Tap OFF! – When you are brushing your teeth, turn the tap off between rinsing. Assuming you spend two minutes a day brushing, over the period of one year, that is possibly over 8,000 litres of water used. A tap on high pressure will pass around 6 litres a minute. Only using the tap to rinse could save well over 6 thousand litres of water a year – per person! In a household of 5 this could be 30,000 litres a year saved!
2. Time Your Shower – Avoid starting the shower and then doing other wasteful things before getting in (like brushing your teeth – whilst leaving the tap running!). Also time yourself in the shower. To start time yourself, then aim to take 1 minute off a shower session until you reach your shortest possible realistic time.
You maybe amazed how much time and water you can save. A power shower will use around 7 litres of water a minute. An 8 minute shower will use a massive 56 litres! Reducing an 8 minute shower to just 5 minutes will save almost 8,000 litres of water a year per person – thats 40,000 litres a year saved for a household of 5.
3. Shallow Baths – Taking a bath is a notorious waste of water. But by having a bath, which is just 1 inch less in depth, will save around 5 litres of water. If you have a bath 7 times a week this is almost 2,000 litres a year saving.
4. Think What You Flush – Avoid flushing down cotton buds, and makeup tissues. It’s a waste of water, you can easily dispose of such in a bin. Most people do this out of habit, and is a very easy thing to change.
5. Dual Flush Toilets – Modern toilets often have a dual-flush system. This allows you to select between a 4 to 6 litres a flush. A massive saving compared to old style loos which can use 14 litres or more per flush!
According to recent research, it would suggest that there is a varying level of knowledge in the UK around water usage. Below are a few findings:
1. 88% of people said that they take steps to reduce water wastage.
2. When asked “Why don’t they take action to use less water” 37% said they “only use the water they need…”
3. 61% of people use less water to save money, 57% to help the environment and 53% as it just seems like common sense.
4. Awareness of water saving devices correlates with age. 31% of 18-24 year olds have not heard of the most common water saving devices, compared with just 6% of 55 year olds.
Research results from Ideal Standard & Waterwise.
Water is a precious resource. Learning to be aware of this fact will not only save you money, it will also help the environment, and help further focus your thinking towards a more sustainable, environmentally friendly life.