It's at times like this, every little helps, and it's often useful to start looking at your outgoings to see where you can save some money.
save money with some simple tips
In our household we have looked at simple things like turning off lights when we leave a room, using energy efficient light bulbs, putting on an extra layer of clothing on instead of putting the heating on, and changing energy suppliers. One area we haven't really looked at though, is saving energy by saving water.
Did you know that less than 0.5% of the World's total water is freshwater? It's a precious resource we shouldn't waste.
There are lots of water saving tips on the Happier Homes website that can help reduce waste, saving energy and also your money in the process.
Do you use a dishwasher? Did you know that you could use 11 times less water by using a dishwasher than washing up by hand? I was surprised at this - I guess the key is, only put the dishwasher on when it's full, scrape the dishes of food and don't rinse them with water, and use an energy efficient cycle. Dishes washed in the dishwasher are also more hygienic and cleaner too.
fill up the dishwasher to save water
What about baths and showers? It's a well known fact that a shower uses less water than a bath. Adjusting the temperature of your water can save money too. I have a combi boiler and turning down the thermostat a degree or two means less energy is used in heating the water, and most people wouldn't feel the difference when taking a shower or bath. And while we are here, let's discuss that B word... bath.
It's a well know fact that if you have a shower instead of a bath you can save a water, short showers are the key and if a family of 4 replaced a shower by a bath once a week it can save £25 over the course of a year. As I said earlier, every little helps.
taking a shower saves energy and money
Turning off running taps when you are brushing your teeth.
Using a water butt to catch rainwater to water your garden.
Making sure dishwashers and washing machines are full before you use them.
Replacing washers on dripping taps promptly.
Replacing inefficient shower heads with an energy efficient type.
turn off the tap don't leave it running unnecessarily
Tell me, do you think about saving energy in your household? How do you save water in your family? A controversial one here, but would you ever share bath water?
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