April 22nd is Earth Day. We’ve thinking about some of the ways in which we can be everyday heroes and reduce water consumptions from the bathroom.
Flush less water
Toilet flushing makes up about a third of all water usage in the household (nidrect.gov.uk). Low flush toilets that use four-six litres of water can help you reduce this. Dual flush toilets, like our Rocco Collection, only use 4-6 litres to flush. Whereas older style toilets use around 13 litres. (WaterWise)
Jump in the shower
A five-minute shower uses around 35 litres of water, while a bath uses 80 litres. We all love a relaxing soak but opting for a quick shower more often can drastically reduce your water usage. If every home in the UK took one minute off their shower every day, it would save £215 million a year on our collective energy bills. (WaterWise)
Resuse your bathwater
We know this sounds a bit funny – but reusing your bath water to water houseplants or your garden is a great use of the 80 litres required to fill a bath. If scooping up bathwater to redistribute around your house isn’t for you, you could always try running your bath ju.t an inch shorter than usual, which can save you around 5 litres of water. (WaterWise)
Look out for leaks
A leaking toilet can waster between 200 and 400 litres of water per day – that a whopping 72,000 – 146,000 of water wasted every year, just one from toilet! How do you spot a leak? Here’s an easy tip: add a few drops of food colouring to your toilet cistern and leave it for around an hour. If the food colouring is still there after an hour, you have a leak.
Leaks are easy enough to fix – your company may even fix it for free. If not, call a plumber and ask them to come and have a look. Remember to check it again once it’s been fixed! (WaterWise)
Turn off your taps!
Turn off your taps whenever you can. While brushing your teeth, rinsing with mouthwash, or even washing your face (if you want to be a water-saving superhero) a running tap uses around 6 litres of water per minute – a bit of a waste if you’re not using it!