Fix those leaks and drips
Easy tips to make your home water efficient
Fix dripping taps – they can waste enough water in a year to fill a child’s paddling pool every week of the summer.
Low flow shower heads reduce the amount of water used
Aerated showerheads reduce the flow but don’t compromise on pressure, using approximately 6 litres of water per minute, whilst still giving you the feel of a normal shower. They maintain the pressure by mixing in air with water to produce a steady, even spray.
Do you have a leaky loo?
A single leaking toilet wastes an average of between 215 and 400 litres of water per day! You can easily check if you have water leaking from the cistern to the pan. Add a few drops of food colouring into your toilet cistern, leave it for an hour and if the water has changed colour in the pan you have a leak! The good news is that your water company may be able to fix it for free but if not it’s a simple fix for a plumber.
Cistern Displacement Devices
Cistern Displacement Devices (CDD) are placed in a water cistern to displace around 1 litre of water every time you flush. Installing a CDD can achieve savings of up to 5000 litres per year.
What to do if a pipe burst. Turn off your water supply at the stop tap if you haven’t done so already, and make sure your central heating boiler or immersion heater is turned off. Turn on all the taps inside your home to reduce the risk of flooding and use towels to soak up any water that has leaked. Remember to turn the taps back off before you turn on the stop tap.
Just in case always have the number of a registered plumber handy.