You may be aware that bathroom designs are trending toward a luxurious feel with sleek and minimalist interiors.
However, another aspect of modern living is sustainable homes, and that’s what made its way to the design industry.
So, experts recommend following the water saving tips to turn your bathroom into an on-trend eco-friendly space.
While summers are getting drier and winters wetter, climate change is a real phenomenon resulting in water scarcity.
The Great British Rain Paradox Survey recently found that 72% of people in the UK were unaware of the water supply risk due to higher usage and growing demands.
Unfortunately, out of 71% of the water on the earth, only 3% is usable, with only accessibility of 1% as the remaining 2% is in the form of glaciers and ice caps.
So, the source is not infinite nor renewable, and humans, animals, and plants rely on it.
It is estimated that with current water usage trends, the UK may go out of its water supplies in the next few decades.
So, reducing water usage and waste is an essential need. And as bathrooms are a major source of water waste, everyone needs to take measures to reduce their usage.
Which will not only help the environment but also decrease your energy bills.
Our blog discusses a few ways to reduce water usage in the bathroom.
The Water Usage Habits of British People
Research by the Department for food, environment, and rural affairs UK finds that each person uses 145 liters of water every day.
That’s a lot and shows there is a lot that can be done to reduce the use of water.
Small actions can go a long way as simply reducing the use of a shower for one minute each day by a household of four people will reduce the water and energy bills by £120 annually.
Ways to Reduce Water Usage in The Bathroom.
There are the following ways that can help you save water in the house.
-Use low-flow showerheads and faucets: Showers account for the biggest water usage that consists of around 25% of total household water consumption.
So, you should first look into the ways to reduce this consumption in the shower.
The type of shower heads and faucets you use in the bathroom can play an important role in saving water.
You must consider using low-flow shower heads. These are great options to provide the same water pressure while reducing the amount of water flowing through, resulting in reduced water usage.
Various types of water-saving taps are also available that help you reduce water use, or alternatively, you can seek to turn the standard tap into the one that saves water. You can use aerators, flow regulators, shower times, etc.
-Install a Dual Flush Toilet: Toilets account for around 22% of total water consumption in the UK.
An easier way to reduce the water utilized through the toilet is by installing a dual flush system.
Unfortunately, nearly half of the households still don’t have such a modern toilet that allows users to choose between either 3 or 6 liters of water to flush, depending on their needs.
Such toilets can significantly contribute to water saving over the year.
– Fix leaks promptly: Finding and fixing the leaks may reduce your water bills by as much as 10%.
Even a minor leak can have a big impact on overall water usage over time. Therefore, always keep a watchful eye for any signs of leaking shower heads, faucets, toilets, and pipes.
Conduct a monthly audit if your household has old plumbing. In many cases, you can fix any such leaks as DIY by following the step-by-step instructions explained in various blog posts, videos, and help guides.
–Take Shorter Showers (Shower Use Less Water Myth): Many people prefer a shower over a bath, thinking it takes less water.
But in reality, it depends entirely on the duration of the shower as well as whether you are using the high or low flow showerhead.
We have already discussed that you should prefer a low-flow showerhead as it uses less water while offering a similar level of water pressure.
Generally, a standard user in the UK has a shower duration of 7.5 minutes, while according to the EPA, a shower uses 2.5 gallons of water, making it around 18.25 in total.
In comparison, a bath requires around 30 to 40 gallons to fill up. So, if you are taking a shower for more than 10 minutes, you are consuming the same amount of water as in a bath.
You can try reducing the shower to five minutes and turning it off while using soap and shampoo.
– Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth or shaving: It may seem like a small thing, but small efforts like this go a long way in the conservation of water.
So, try to use less water while brushing and shaving as we do not continuously require water to flow through the faucets during it.
By following this practice, you may save around 3 gallons of water each day, which can be a significant contribution over a month or a year.
Reducing water usage in the bathroom will require minor changes in the way we use water.
You can adapt the above discussed best practices without having an impact on your quality of life.
It will help you save some money while contributing to water conservation.
Luciana joined our team as a mum blogger in 2020. A dedicated mum to a lively daughter and a dog, Luna, Luciana brings authenticity and passion to every post. Her expertise in parenting and lifestyle topics offers practical, relatable advice for real-life situations.