Not only does saving water in your bathroom save you money, but it also helps the environment. If you want to start reducing the amount of water you use, whether it be for money or environmental purposes, then the bathroom is a great place to start.
Here are a variety of ways you can save water in your bathroom:
1. Cleaning Your Teeth
If you leave the water running when you are brushing your teeth you could be wasting gallons of water a year. Instead, wet your toothbrush and then turn the tap off. Most of the time when you're brushing your teeth you don't even use the water. Turn it back on again once you've finished, to rinse and clean your toothbrush.
2. Having A Bath
When taking a bath, only fill the water half way so you avoid any spilling over the top. Water escaping like this not only wastes water but can also cause problems in rooms underneath. Also, don't wait for the water to heat up before you put the plug in. Put the plug in first and then run the bath as the water heats up. You can save a lot of water this way.
3. Take More Showers
Generally, showers use considerably less water than baths do. Obviously, we don't expect everyone to completely change their routine and stop taking baths, but perhaps swap a few of your long soaks for quicker, more water-efficient showers.
4. Spend Less Time In The Shower
Spending a little less time in the shower can dramatically reduce your water bill. Reducing your shower time by just one minute can reduce the amount of water you use by around 150 gallons each month!
5. Save Water While Shaving
This is the same concept as with tooth brushing. You tend to leave the water running while you have a shave, but do you really need to? Why not fill the sink with warm water and use that to shave with instead. You'll use far less water than you would if you just left the tap to run while you shave.
6. Modernise Your Toilet
Older toilets use more water than the newer ones, which are designed to use less. If your toilet is over 10 years old then it would be advisable to get a new one. You can get ones with dual flush facilities, so there is an option to do a shorter flush as well, which will save you even more.
7. Check For Leaks
Check for leaks in and around your bathroom on a regular basis. Look for slow drips from taps or showers or any damp spots on walls or floors. If you do find a leak then call a plumber as soon as possible to get it fixed and save your water consumption.
8. Put A Waste Bin In Your Bathroom
Without a bin you might be tempted to put things like tissues and other items down the toilet. If you do this, you'll end up flushing your toilet a lot more often and use a lot more water.
9. Hang Bath Towels To Dry
Instead of washing your bath towels every day, simply hang them up in a open space like a clothes line, where they can dry in the air and will feel fresh daily.
10. Get A Bit More High Tech
There are several items you can install to help you reduce the amount of water you use. For example:
- Install a water saving shower head. A lot of shower heads nowadays use less water but don't lose pressure
- Install a steam shower. Steam showers are very water efficient and use considerably less water than a traditional shower.
- Install water aerators. You can install aerators on bathroom taps, which reduce water waste by limiting the flow of water as well as the amount of hot water that is used.