Thames Water just announced their Hosepipe ban as we continue our dry spell, with rain forecast later this week – it’ll be a great relief to many.
This week is World Water Week so we thought a great opportunity to talk about water saving home renovation tips…
If you’re renovating your home, it’s a great opportunity to take a look at the plumbing and your water usage, could you use less?
Here’s our handy hints whilst you shop for your home…
- Choose water saving shower heads.
We all know that taking short showers is better than a full bath, however not all shower heads are as good at saving water as you might think.
When buying a new shower head to match your brand spanking new bathroom, look for the volume in litres it uses per minute of the shower. The lower the number, the better for water consumption the shower head is. Many modern shower heads have clever technology now, to ensure you still get the power shower effect but with a low flow head.
There are a few options available when choosing a water saving shower head:
- Aerating shower heads which mix air with water to reduce the volume required, while still creating above average pressure from the head itself.
- Pulsating shower heads which use a rotating wheel inside the head to create a massaging effect
- Reduced flow shower heads or flow regulator shower heads reduce the flow into the shower head, which by itself may cause lower water pressure.
Can’t live without a bath?
If you really can’t live without a bath, choose a compact bath, a reduced-capacity bath is an effective way to ensure you use less water. This way you’ll get the height of the water, but you’ll use less to fill the tub.
2.Opt for Low Flow Taps and a Dual Flush Toilet
Low Flow Taps mostly operate the same way as water saving shower heads, mixing water with air to create a strong jet stream, therefore using less water than a regular tap fixture.
We recommend trying before you buy in a show room, to see if you’re happy with the water pressure these provide – as it’s not for everyone. Alternatively choose a low flow tap that has a multi setting function – regular and eco mode, then you can switch back and forth when necessary.
When it comes to your WC/Toilet – most modern designs are dual flush (which save almost half the amount of water than an older standard toilet)
3. Water Saving Smart Appliances
If you’re upgrading your plumbing and appliances – why not choose a smart appliance. Washing machines and dishwashers also come with water saving technology they adjust the water level to suit the load and minimise the amount of detergent needed while maintaining a superior clean. The best way to reduce wasting water on each cycle is to ensure each load Is full.
If you are planning to do work in your home including bathroom replacements, then these points are, some to consider and preparation is the real key to a successful result that you will be happy with.
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If you would like more ideas or advice, then, by all means, drop in or send us a list of what you’d like to achieve, and we’ll advise you as to how to make your budget stretch as far as possible. Or view our Case Studies for past project highlights here >>