down your water usage shouldn't be about going to extraordinary
lengths and negotiating in the hygiene stakes.
In this guide we look at some of the widely available bathroom
can save you a whole heap of water in just one day.
pipes are probably not considered as an official fitting in the
bathroom, they are very important in maintaining water using efficiency.
To put this into perspective, a household with a leaking toilet
can waste anything up to 16,000 litres of water per year! (Sydney
Water 2013). This is in addition to the wide range of problems
that even the smallest of leaks can cause.
So check your pipes, even if they are relatively inaccessible
(under the bath, for example), and double check the insulated
pipes, as the coverings that surround them can hide many a leakage.
account for the biggest use of water in the average UK household
Guardian, 2013), so ensuring that your shower is super efficient
should be at the top of your to do list. You can do this by simply
fitting a water efficient shower head, which are relatively inexpensive.
These can make a saving of 120 litres of water for a shower of
8 minutes; for the average household, this can account for a saving
of 14,500 litres of water per year!
average bathroom tap expels between 15 to 18 litres each and every
minute; this can really add up if your household is one that leaves
the taps running whilst brushing their teeth. By replacing your
taps with water efficient ones, you can whittle this figure down
to a mere 2 litres per minute!
can be sometimes overlooked when thinking about water use in the
average home, however they can actually account for anything up
to 30% of your total water usage(Waterwise
2014). For new build properties, building regulations now dictate
that toilets should be dual flush, and with good reason. By switching
from a traditional, to a dual flush toilet you can reduce the
amount your toilet uses by some 6.5 litres per flush.
Hot water diverter
water diverters can be used to save water throughout the house,
not just in the bathroom. They help you save that water that is
running whilst you're waiting for the hotter water to come through;
this ensures that you no longer waste what is, after all, perfect
quality drinking water.
hot water diverter can redirect this wasted water into places
such as water tanks (for example, the rain water tanks that are
found outside in a garden) or, in the more sophisticated of systems,
can be redirected straight back into your water system.
ensuring that your bathroom fittings are working at their most
efficient, you can ensure that you're household isn't paying over
the odds for their water usage; and additionally, the small steps
towards fully fledged eco warrior will make you feel great!