By Drain Doctor on 31/05/2016

With summer just around the corner and hot weather predicted, people are likely to be spending more time in the bath or shower. Domestic bathrooms can swallow up a lot of water. Here a few tips for changing bathroom habits to save water.

For more water saving tips visit Waterwise.

  • Remember to turn off the tap while brushing your teeth - a running tap wastes over six litres per minute
  • Check for leaks in your toilet cistern by adding a few drops of food colouring to your toilet cistern. Don’t flush it for around an hour. If the food colouring is present in the toilet bowl after an hour, you have a leak. It’s easy to fix, just call Drain Doctor on 0800 79 71 72  

There are around 45 million toilets in UK homes – this equates to flushing an estimated two billion litres of water every day! About 30 per cent of total water used in the household is through toilet flushing.

  • Dual flush toilets have a split flush button which gives the user the choice of how much water to use 
  • Dual flush toilets typically use 4-6 litres of water opposed to the old style flush systems which use a massive 13 litres per flush
  • A cistern displacement device is placed in the cistern to displace around one litre of water every time you flush. They are super easy to install, can achieve savings of up to 5,000 litres per year and are available for FREE from most water companies  

Showers have become increasingly popular. In the 1970s less than 20 per cent of homes had a shower; today ownership is at 85 per cent.

Being water-efficient in the shower doesn’t only save you money on your water bill, it will have a positive effect on your energy bill too because of the heating of water associated with showering.

  • Aerated showerheads reduce the flow but don’t compromise on pressure. They maintain the pressure by mixing in air with water to produce a steady, even spray.
  • Low flow showerheads reduce the amount of water used, whilst still giving you the feel of a normal shower.
  • To help keep track of time try using a shower timer, they help to keep shower times reduced. If everyone used a shower timer we would save enough water to supply one million homes every day

A bath typically uses around 80 litres, while a short shower can use as little as a third of that amount. But beware - many power-showers may actually use more water than a bath!

By running your bath to a level just an inch lower than usual you can save on average 5 litres of water.

You can minimise your water use by reusing your bathwater to water your houseplants or garden.