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Our top tips and tricks for working towards sustainable water usage in your home and garden.

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B&Q’s top tips to reduce water waste and live more sustainably 

As we all become more eco and cost-conscious, it’s important to know the small changes we can make to ensure we’re not wasting water and spending unnecessary additional money on our bills. 

An easy quick fix will be to ensure you don’t have a leaky or dripping tap. These can waste more than 5,500 litres of water a year, so make sure your tap is completely switched off or if needs be repaired by a plumber. 

Replacing old taps with new ones fitted with aerating regulators, such as our GoodHome Zanthe Copper effect kitchen tap, can dramatically reduce water use too. A leaking toilet cistern wastes an average of 215 to 400 litres of water a day so if you hear the water running unnecessarily, make sure to get it fixed!

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    Taps

    Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth saves approximately six litres of water per minute.

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    Toilets

    Switch to a dual flush toilet, as it typically uses 4-6 litres of water opposed to the old style flush systems that use around 13 litres per flush.

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    Showers

    Switching to a low-flow shower head can save up to 60 litres of water per shower. 

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    Water butts

    Water butt Water butts are a brilliant method to catch a large amount of rainwater that falls each year – it’s free water.

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Taps

Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth saves approximately six litres of water per minute.

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Toilets

Switch to a dual flush toilet, as it typically uses 4-6 litres of water opposed to the old style flush systems that use around 13 litres per flush.

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Showers

Switching to a low-flow shower head can save up to 60 litres of water per shower. 

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Water butts

Water butt Water butts are a brilliant method to catch a large amount of rainwater that falls each year – it’s free water.

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Another great bathroom water saving tip is to install a Cistern Displacement Device (CDD) in your toilet, which reduces the amount of water used when flushed – these can save up to 5000 litres of water a year and are often available free of charge from your water company! We also have a range of dual flush toilets. These have two buttons that allow different quantities of water to flow, the lower flush typically saves 7-9 litres of water per flush.

It’s understandable that highest usage of water consumption in the home comes from baths and showers (around 34%). There are a variety of ways to reduce water consumption in the shower, but a low flow shower head is a quick-win, and can save up to 60 litres per showeri. Just reducing your showering time by just one minute can save 15 litres of water. 

18% of energy consumption in UK homes is spent heating water. and about 12% of gas bills are spent heating water for showers, baths and taps, so saving on any wasted hot water can make a big change to your carbon footprint and your bills.

Our top tips to save water

  • 1. Make sure your tap is completely turned off

     

  • 2. Call a plumber for any leaking toilets or dripping taps

     

  • 3. Use the lower flush setting when using your toilet

     

  • 4. Turn off the tap whilst brushing your teeth

     

  • 5. Switch from a mixer shower to an electric shower

     

  • 6. Install a Cistern Displacement Device (CDD)

     

  • 7. Ensure garden hoses are fitted with trigger nozzles

     

  • 8. Use a water butt to collect rainwater for garden watering

     

1. Make sure your tap is completely turned off

 

2. Call a plumber for any leaking toilets or dripping taps

 

3. Use the lower flush setting when using your toilet

 

4. Turn off the tap whilst brushing your teeth

 

5. Switch from a mixer shower to an electric shower

 

6. Install a Cistern Displacement Device (CDD)

 

7. Ensure garden hoses are fitted with trigger nozzles

 

8. Use a water butt to collect rainwater for garden watering

 

Ensuring your plants and lawn remain looking pristine in the summer months naturally cause us to reach for the hose, and in turn, increase our water usage. Luckily, we have a new range of Verve hose fittings that have been designed to reduce leaks and are made from recycled plastic so that no unnecessary water is wasted. Additionally, our range of watering cans allows for targeted watering, again so that water can be used sparingly.

Finally, a sustainable way to source water is to collect rainwater and use a water butt that then allows you to reuse the rainwater for whatever use, such as in the garden or when watering indoor plants.

i Based on the average person showering for 10 minutes.

All stats have been sourced from Waterwise.