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How to use less water – Kitchen water savers

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Fix dripping taps

Broken taps can waste 12 to 20 litres of water a day. New washers cost only a few pence but will save you money if your water is metered.

  • Saving A dripping tap can waste 12 to 20 litres of water a day – that’s around 2-4p* worth of water

Drink from a jug

Jug of waterCut wastage by chilling water in the fridge.

If you want cold drinking water, fill a jug from the tap and put it in the fridge to chill. This would save 10 litres of water a day compared to running the tap until it turns cold each time.

  • Saving 10 litres (2p) per day

Only boil what you need

Save water as well as energy by using the minimum amount of water required when you boil water in saucepans and kettles.

  • Saving Around 10 litres (2p) a day

Turn off the tap

Don’t rinse dishes under a running tap – use a bowl of water instead. Try also to use a bowl when washing vegetables and the leftover water can then be used for watering house plants.

  • Saving 20 litres (4p) a day

Fill the washing machine

Clean full loads of washing to save water.Loading washing machine

Make sure your washing machine has a full load before you switch it on. Those labelled A for energy efficiency tend to be water efficient, too.

  • Saving Five to 10 litres (around 1-2p) every wash

Use the dishwasher more efficiently

If you own a dishwasher, fill it up fully before you use it and always use its eco program setting, which uses less water.

  • Saving Five to 10 litres a cycle (around 1-2p)
* ‘Money saved’ figures refer to water meter customers on an average tariff charging 0.19p per litre.
Article:- Which? Consumer Magazine.

How to use less water – Bathroom water savers

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Reduce your flush

Toilet flushFit a flush-reducing device to save water in the loo!

Fit a water-saving ‘Hippo’ or ‘save-a-flush’ device in your cistern to cut the amount of water you use each time you flush. Your water company may supply one free.

See Water-saving gadgets for our verdict on some of these devices.

  • Saving Five litres (1p*) a day

Turn off the taps

Don’t leave the tap running when you brush your teeth. We could save enough water to supply 500,000 homes if the adult population of England and Wales remembered to turn the tap off each time.

  • Saving Nine litres (1-2p) a day

Get a new toilet

Got an old loo that’s due to be replaced? Do it now. New toilets generally use less water and are more likely to have a dual flush.

Toilets bought before 1993 will probably have a cistern that uses 9.5 litres of water per flush while those installed since 1993 typically use 7.5 litres of water per flush. Even more efficient toilets that use just four or two litres are also now available.

  • Saving 10 litres (2p) a day
Shower headShowers generally use less water than baths.

Take a shower

Why not take a shower instead of a bath? A bath uses around 80 litres of water – by comparison a shower uses only around 35 litres. Be careful if you have a power shower though – some of these can actually use more water than a bath if they are turned up to maximum power.

  • Saving 45 litres a shower (8-9p)

Save while you shower

When you’re in the shower, try to remember to turn it off while you’re lathering soap or shampoo. It sounds fiddly, but you can get used to it quickly.

  • Saving 10 litres (2p) a shower
* ‘Money saved’ figures refer to water meter customers on an average tariff charging 0.19p per litre.
Article:- Which? Consumer Magazine

How to use less water – Garden water savers

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Ditch the sprinkler

In one hour a sprinkler can use up to 1,000 litres of water– the equivalent of two days’ water consumption by a family of four. Most suburban gardens can be adequately watered using a 10-litre watering can.

  • Saving Up to 1,000 litres (£1.90*) an hour

Water weekly

Your plants will benefit more from a weekly soak than a daily sprinkle. Fruit and vegetables are the exceptions to the rule. Water them daily if they’ve just been planted or are about to crop. Water the soil, not the plant, for maximum benefit.

  • Saving Depends on the size of your garden. Watering in the evening is most beneficial as water evaporation is slower

Turn off your hose

Wash your car using a couple of bucketfuls of water, not a hosepipe connected to a tap. A hosepipe can use as much water in half an hour as an average family does in a day.

  • Saving Up to 500 litres a car wash (95p)

Buy a water butt

Water butts collect rain water for use in the garden    water butt

All the water a typical garden needs to stay green in summer can be collected from your house or garage roof in a single water butt. See our for current Best Buys.

  • Saving Depending on the size of your garden, a water butt could save thousands of litres each summer

Reduce evaporation

Line the inside of terracotta pots with plastic and use mulch in borders – both will reduce evaporation. Plant drought-tolerant silvery- or narrow-leaved plants.

  • Saving Halves the amount of water required to keep your plants alive
* ‘Money saved’ figures refer to water meter customers on an average tariff charging 0.19p per litre.
Article:- Which? Consumer Magazine

How to use less water – Water-saving gadgets

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Toilet cistern devices

How they work

Water saving cistern devices are liquid or granule filled bags that are placed in the toilet cistern to reduce the volume of water available for each flush.


The Hippo Water Saver is a tough water-filled polythene bag. The Save-a-Flush is a perforated polythene bag containing water-absorbent granules that swell in size over time.

Both are easy to install and require no plumbing skills – the Hippo saves around 2.5 litres per flush, whereas the Save-a-flush only saves about 0.5 litres (less than the one litre claimed).


Both products save water, although the Hippo saves more. But any submerged object would do – a few handfuls of marbles will achieve the same effect.

Flush-modifying devices

The Interflush water saving toilet gadget.   Interflush

How they work

These gadgets modify the flush mechanism so it can be stopped when you wish, rather than always producing a ‘full’ flush.


Both require a little ‘plumbing’ but nothing too serious. The Interflush only fits cisterns with front-facing handles, and once installed means the flushing action stops when the handle is released. The Mecon can only be fitted to a cistern with a spare hole – a button is mounted here that interrupts the flush when pushed.


Both devices can save water, but need to be used properly; savings are therefore variable. The Interflush is the better device here as just releasing the handle will cut the flow, whereas the Mecon requires an additional button push to achieve the same thing.

Water Saving Shower Heads

The Flowpoint HH336 water saving shower head  Flowpoint HH336 shower head

How they work

These eco-conscious bath-time gadgets restrict the flow of water through a shower head to save on the amount of water used.


Fitting all three devices couldn’t be simpler, just screw off the old shower head and screw on the new one. All three reduced the water flow significantly, but force and spray spread were also reduced.


We can’t really see the point of these products. A similar effect could be had by spending less time in the shower and, indeed, you may just find it takes longer to shower properly with these replacement heads, which would negate any water saving in the process.

Article by:- Which? Consumer Magazine
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