Save the planet... use less water...
We all know that around the world people face water shortages, but it’s hard for us to imagine in the UK how this relates to us and why we should be worried about water shortages when for the majority of the year the word ‘drought’ isn’t used on a frequent basis.
Almost 71% of our planet’s surface is covered with water, while only 3% of this water is fresh water and some 1% of this water is drinkable. This is a staggeringly small amount compared to the total water on earth.
When we consider that the UK population is set to increase by over 8 million people by 2050, it becomes clear that there will be less water to go round, with more people sharing the same water supply. Couple this with global warming, and the mention of drought in the UK could become an all-too regular occurrence.
The average person in the UK is said to use around 140 litres of water per day. If the population grows by 8 million people, that means our country would consume approximately 1.2 billion additional litres of water every single day. And ultimately, with no more water to go round, it’s in all of our best interests to do what we can to reduce our water consumption.
Did you know that you can also save money by saving water. Find out how below...
How can you use less water?
There are many ways to save water at home. Here are three simple suggestions that could make a big difference...
Simple things like turning off the tap while you're brushing your teeth can save up to 6 litres of water per minute.
The water that is used to flush your loo is the same processed (potable) water that we drink. So if you have a leaky loo, get it fixed!
A dripping tap can really get on your nerves and it also wastes a lot of water. Something as simple as replacing a washer may solve it.
How can you save money by using less water?
There are obvious money-saving benefits to using less water if your home has a water meter, but for homes with and without meters it's also important to consider how much money you spend on heating water.
Did you know that around 18% of a home’s energy consumption is spent on heating water?
That's a staggering amount!
One of the ways that Wilo, and your local plumbing expert, can help you to save money is with a simple water pump that gets the hot water to your tap more quickly.
It can take up to 30 seconds for water to run hot, depending on how far it has to travel. Check at home and see how long it takes for your hot water to come through to the tap!
SPEAK TO YOUR LOCAL PLUMBER FOR FURTHER ADVICE ON HOW TO SAVE ENERGY AND WATER