By turning off the tap while brushing your teeth, washing your hands or shaving, you can save over 5 litres of water every minute. Over a year, that’s a saving of around 4,000 litres.
Tune your heating timer
If you use a heating timer, try starting it half an hour later in the mornings and turning it off half an hour earlier. See if you notice a difference. If not to, try another half hour, or a quarter of an hour. The same in the evenings…. you don’t need it on all the way to bed time because your nicely warmed house will hold its heat for a good while after the heating goes off. If you can shave off 2 hours a day that’s 60 hours a month or roughly 360 hours over a winter. Equivalent to more than a fortnight of constant heating! Why would you heat your house for a fortnight if you don’t need it?
Slow the flow
Replace your standard 15 litres per minute shower head with a low flow model. This Mira model is 8 litres per min. This Flowpoint one too. This Kiri Satinhead shower head is a very low 5.7 Litres per minute.
Or, if you are particularly attached to your current shower head, you can reduce your shower’s flow rate by adding a shower flow regulator which you can get free through your local water company in many parts of the UK.
In our shower you can just turn down the flow without it running cold, which is Sue’s preference.
start a repair shop
We know that we’ve got to ditch the throw-away culture and that repairing stuff is the answer. Out there there are people who have amazing abilities and experience of fixing things and making them work. But how do we find them? If you know people like that, or you are one, why not organise and publicise a local repair group? It could either be in a physical space which would make it easy for people to bring things along, or an online group that puts people with broken things in touch with menders. Let us know how it goes and share any lessons you learn with others on Living Greener who might want to do the same.
Don’t put up with a drip
A dripping tap can waste up to 5,000 litres of water every year. Fixing a dripping tap is usually as simple as replacing a tap washer. The best time to fix a dripping tap is now!
Are you hot in the mornings?
As well as throwing on a jumper, turning down the radiator in unused rooms, and tuning your heating timer, it’s worth checking whether you need as much heat in the mornings as you do in the evenings. If you’re more active first thing, or just getting ready to go out, you might find that you can set your morning heating a degree or two cooler than your evenings. It might even help you start your day with a clear, cool head.