5 money saving tips for your bathroom In times of economic downfall, any way to save money is welcome. But when saving money also means being kind to the environment, it even becomes fashionable to be frugal. Here are the five tips from UK online retailer to help you save money in the bathroom and do your bit for the environment.
Fix leaking taps
According to Non Governmental Agency Waterwise, fixing a dripping tap can save as much as 5,000 litres of water a year. This could save around £400 and will help preserving natural resources. Even if more and more people are now conscious of the need to monitor natural resource consumption, it is worth reminding that taps should be turned off while washing hands, brushing teeth or doing the washing-up. If you want to push it even further, you can have a domestic water reclamation system installed in your house so used water is recycled for toilets and outside taps.
Install low-flow shower heads and taps aerators
Flow reduction devices are inexpensive, easy to install and will help reduce water consumption by at last 60%. By combining air and water out of the tap, the water flow is divided into smaller streams, reducing splashing while maintaining a consistent water pressure. Having shorter showers and not letting the water run while washing will make a big difference too.
Invest in dual flush toilets
Flushing the toilets accounts for 30% of daily water use, which is fairly substantial especially if you are not using recycled water. Old toilet systems can use as much as 14 litres of water per flush, while more modern versions use between 3 and 6 litres. Installing a dual flush system is an environmentally friendly option allowing you to decide how much water you want to flush at a time. The old wisdom of dropping a plastic bottle filled with sand or water in the toilet's tank is a good way to save water too as the tank won't need as much water to be filled.
Consider your ventilation
With the amount of moisture generated in a bathroom, it is vital to keep to room well ventilated if you want to avoid the creation of mould. If you have a window in your bathroom, the easiest option is to keep it ajar while having a shower and open it wide for 10 minutes when you leave the room. If your bathroom is fitted with an extractor, check that it is performing efficiently. A sheet of toilet paper should stick to the fan when it’s on. If it doesn’t, your fan is probably blocked by dust, cobwebs or mould, so give it a good clean. If you are considering buying a new fan, investigate those with timers, moisture censors or movement censors as they will help save energy.
Switch off the lights
As for each room in the house, try to use natural light as much as possible, switch off the light when leaving to room and install energy saving bulbs and occupancy censors. Lighting bee wax candles on occasions will create a relaxing atmosphere while keeping your carbon print –and energy bills- down.
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