With energy bills on the rise, the cost of heating water in your home can add a substantial amount to both your water and heating bills. According to the Energy Saving Trust, the average UK household uses approximately 330 litres of water every day. And a whopping 17% of a typical gas heated household’s heating bill can be attributed to heating water needed for everyday household use including hot water from the tap, showering and bathing.
Luckily, there are many ways that you can reduce your water bill, and in turn, reduce your household’s energy use and bills. As experts in all aspects of plumbing and heating, Home Services Assistance have put together a handy list of things you can do today to help save money on your water bill!
Use a Water Efficient Shower Head
Love your power shower and don’t want to compromise? Well, think again, because there are a selection of new shower heads that are incredibly efficient when it comes to saving water by reducing the flow rate, but that feel much more powerful than they actually are.
A simple and effective way to save money on both water and heating bills, these types of shower heads are really effective on power and mixer showers with a high flow rate. For example, a family of four that replace their shower head with a water efficient one could save around £120 on their water bill each year! However, they’re not suited to electric showers, so avoid their use to prevent possible damage.
Look for the Water Efficiency Label
The European Water Label is a great indicator to look for when trying to choose water-efficient products. The better the rating of the bathroom product, the more efficient it will be for using less water, saving energy, and saving money when installed and used correctly. Also look out for the Waterwise Recommended Checkmark, which is only awarded to water efficient products.
Wait for a Full Load!
It can be tempting to wash a few items of clothing at a time, especially when you desperately want something for the weekend or you need a school uniform washing mid-week. But with a bit of planning, you can ensure that each time you run the washing machine it’s full, and therefore save water.
Don’t forget to use the most efficient water and energy settings too; many items of modern clothing are designed to be washed at 30 degrees, and should only need a shorter wash if not heavily soiled. The same goes for your dishwasher; avoid half loads and try to stack plates and crockery efficiently to get the maximum amount in during a cycle.
Be Smart with Your Taps
Believe it or not, a running tap wastes on average 6 litres of water PER MINUTE! So, for the couple of minutes you spend brushing your teeth, turn the tap off while your toothbrush is in your mouth. It might seem like a small change, but this can really make a difference, especially with several people in one household brushing their teeth twice a day.
Dripping or running taps are another common water-waster. Always make sure that your taps are properly turned off when not in use, and if you’ve identified a dripping tap, change the washer promptly to avoid further waste.
Experts in Heating and Plumbing Services Sheffield
There are, of course, many ways to save water around your home, and every tip you put into practice can make a real difference to your water bills in the long run.
If you are on the hunt for a reputable and reliable plumber in Sheffield, Home Services Assistance can help. Call us on 0333 313 3134 and speak to one of our customer care team who will be able to discuss any problems you’re having and arrange for a plumber to visit you at a time that’s convenient for you. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to deal with any emergencies you may have!