The Finish guide to saving water

With water usage and conservation in the news so much these days, there is more interest in saving water than ever before. We all know we should be doing our bit to help the environment too, and saving water is one of the best ways to help the planet. Getting into the habit of thinking about how much water you use will ensure that you’re prepared for a greener future.

Here are ten tips on how you can cut down on the amount of water you use in and around the home, allowing you to take small steps that will have a big impact on your water usage. 

Ten ways to save water

1. As you know, keeping hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. Many people who already drink tap water use a water filter to cut down on the need for bottled water. Other ways to save energy while saving water is to have a dedicated glass that you use for drinking water, meaning you don’t have to wash the glass every time you use it, just once in a while. Another great way to save water while hydrating is to keep water in the fridge rather than letting the tap run while waiting for it to get cold.

2. It may surprise you to know, but washing your dishes in a dishwasher can actually save water, as well as save you money on your energy bills. With modern dishwashers, you actually use less water and energy in the long run when washing dishes. Some studies have shown that dishwashers can actually use less than half the amount of water per person per day when compared to washing dishes by hand. [5]

Another handy tip to save water when using the dishwasher is to make sure you’re dishwasher is as efficient as possible. Using Finish Quantum means that you get a great wash first time, this cuts down on the need for repeated washing of stubborn stains, meaning that you save water and energy.

3. We all know how annoying it can be to listen to a dripping tap in the middle of the night, but that leaky tap is causing damage to the environment as well as keeping you from a good night’s sleep. The same can be said for any leaky pipes of course and it’s a good idea to get your plumbing fixed to avoid any unseen leaks. Another common problem with plumbing occurs when your toilet’s flush handle gets ‘sticky’ as it gets older, this can lead to it sometimes refilling the cistern over and over again as water continuously flows into the bowl, seeing to this could be a quick fix that saves lots of water in the long run.[3

4. It should be obvious that taking a shower instead of a bath can save water, but have you considered just how long you spend in the shower? By spending as little as one minute less in the shower per day, you can save hundreds of litres of water per year. There are other steps you can take to saving water in the shower, for example, a popular item among the environmentally conscious are flow restrictors. These are shower heads that are designed to let less water through the shower head while still providing the same amount of water pressure [1]

5. We all know that you shouldn’t let the tap run while washing your teeth, but did you know you can also apply this principle to washing your face? Using a facecloth rather than splashing water on your face is a good start. Also for any shavers out there, if you don’t already fill the basin with hot water rather than using a running tap, now might be a good time to try it out. [2

6. Many of us don’t think twice about throwing away tissues or other bathroom waste in the toilet and then flushing it away, but in order to save water, and avoid damage to your toilet and plumbing, be sure to use a waste-paper basket for things that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet. Another way to save water in the bathroom is to add a ‘cistern filler’ or ‘displacement device’ to your toilet cistern to save water each time you flush.

7. By keeping a water butt outside to collect small amounts of rainwater, you can then use this water for household tasks like watering plants instead of using water from the tap..

8. We drink a lot of tea in Ireland, but people don’t realise how much energy a kettle uses. In fact at halftime of big matches or breaks in popular soaps, there is a measurable spike in the national electric grid. If you use less water in the kettle, you use less energy. This also has the obvious benefit of saving water every time you boil the kettle. A good rule of thumb is to put a cup and a half of water into your kettle for every cup of tea/coffee you’re making.

9. Similar to the kettle, a lot of people use their washing machine every day without considering the energy/water it uses. By putting on a clothes wash only when the washing machine is full, you save yourself time as well as saving water and energy. When buying a new washing machine or dishwasher, it’s now more important than ever to consider their energy ratings and water usage. Thinking about how efficient your machine is, will save you money on energy bills in the long run.

10. People tend to use a lot of water in the garden, but there are three easy steps you can take to save water when doing jobs outside the house. Firstly, consider using a watering can instead of a hose. This not only allows you to measure and control the amount of water you use, it also helps to avoid over-watering your plants. If you must use a hose, when washing the car or watering a large garden for example, consider investing in a trigger nozzle. This allows you more control over the amount of water used and ensures that you only use the water you need rather than a constant stream. Another handy tip when it comes to watering plants is to add a layer of leaves, bark or compost to your flowerbeds, this absorbs extra moisture and retains water, meaning you don’t have to water your flowers as often as you normally do. [4]