Save water at home
You and members of your household can really make a difference and save water by following the tips below:
Around the house
- Fix leaking taps as soon as possible. A dripping tap can waste more than 60 litres of water per week. In most cases, all that is required is a new washer.
- Replace worn tap washers, a quick and cheap way of saving water.
- Make sure water pipes and external taps are lagged in time for the cold winter weather. Burst water pipes and leaks can cause serious damage as well as waste water.
- Insulate hot water pipes to reduce the amount of water that must be run to get hot water (this will save energy too).
- Use a bucket and sponge when washing your car. Rinse the shampoo off with a watering can instead of using a hose.
- Washing your car at the car wash saves you time and effort and they probably recycle the water they use too.
In the kitchen
- When buying a dishwasher or a washing machine choose one that is energy efficient as this saves water and electricity. Machines with an ‘A’ rating sign are the most efficient.
- Wait until you have a full load before using the washing machine or dishwasher – half-load programmes still use around three quarters of the water and energy of a full load.
- Try hand washing woollen items, it does just as good a job as machine washing and saves several litres of water.
- Only boil the amount of water you need when cooking or making a hot drink. This will save water and reduce your energy bills and also be quicker.
- Keep a bottle or jug of water in the fridge, instead of leaving the tap running while it gets cool.
- Avoid rinsing dishes in the sink before loading them into the dishwasher. Scrape them clean instead.
- Don’t wash vegetables and fruit under a running tap. Fill a bowl with water and use that.
- Use the leftover water from washing vegetables to water plants.
- Always try to use the plug and don’t let the tap run when you’re washing your hands or washing up. Better still, use a washing up bowl in the sink.
In the bathroom
- Take a shower instead of a bath. A shower uses 2-3 times less water than a bath. This can save up to 400 litres of water per week. But remember – power showers can use more water than a bath in less than 5 minutes.
- Take a shorter shower, 4 minutes or less. Showers can use anything between 6 and 45 litres per minute.
- If you do have a bath, you can save water and energy by ensuring it is not over-full.
- Toilets are one of the largest users of water in the home. Toilets installed after 1993 have smaller 7.5 litre cisterns, which save water.
- If you have an old 9 litre cistern Jersey Water can provide Water Hippos to reduce the volume of water flushed, please contact Customer Services Department to find out more.
- When you are installing a new bathroom, choose water efficient taps and dual-flush cisterns.
- If you have a dual-flush cistern already, use the shorter flush whenever possible.
- Use plugs in washbasins when you have a wash, or are cleaning the bathroom, rather than leaving the tap running.
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. A running tap can use 6 litres of water per minute, so turn off the tap while you keep that smile sparkling!