Professionals in the plumbing and heating industry are spreading awareness of the need to minimise water consumption in order to meet the water industry target of net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
The household supply use of water generates around 6% of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions and the biggest proportion, approximately 89%, of greenhouse gas emissions associated with water supply comes from heating water for general water usage in domestic housing, usually through white goods such as washing machines and dishwashers.
The 2030 net zero goal for the water industry is to minimise total water consumption and when customers understand the need for reducing their water consumption, they can reduce wastage by up to two-thirds.
So, how can we all be more aware of the amount of water we are consuming and cut out water usage in order to save water and money.
- Opt for showers over baths and try to keep showers as short as possible.
- Always turn your taps off when you are brushing your teeth.
- Check for any leaking of your taps or pipes on a regular basis.
- Use a washing up bowl instead of running water when washing up.
- If you intend to purchase new products for your bathroom or kitchen you should opt for one’s with a good water efficiency rating.
- Find your stopcock: If you ever have a leak, it is important you know where this valve is that you can turn your water supply off and prevent damage/continuing leaks.
- Try to wait until you have a full load before using your washing machine or dishwasher.
- Use a watering can in your garden instead of a hosepipe or sprinkler.
- Think about collecting rainwater using a water butt and use this to water your plants instead of treated tap water.
- If you can, try to opt for a toilet with a dual flush system as this saves water. If not, you can purchase water displacement bags that sit in your toilet tank and reduce water usage.
- You may want to switch your showerhead to one that is aerated or low flow to reduce the amount of water used whilst showering.
We should all be doing what we can to try to cut the amount of water we use not only to help preserve the resources we have but to help us cut our bills and save money long term too.
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