In the hot summer months, watching water usage can become important, especially as water companies struggle to keep up with demand. Whilst there is enough stored water available, giving water companies more time to treat the water to keep up with demand can easily be achieved.
From turning off the tap whilst brushing your teeth to filling the kettle with as much water as you need, here are some of our top tips to save water, as well as how to reuse it, during the warmer weather.
1. Adjust your shower settings
If you have an electric shower, then adjusting the settings can help to save water whilst you shower. As the water entering your shower will be warmer than in the depths of winter, moving the dial to “Low” or “Eco” could help reduce your water usage without compromising on performance.
2. Eco Showerheads
If you’re looking to refresh your shower and improve its performance, then changing your showerhead is a great solution. Better still, your new showerhead could help save water and money! Often misrepresented, Eco showerheads can offer you a great showering performance just using less water and energy.
3. Shorter showers
Reducing the amount of time that you spend in the shower when there is a greater demand for water over the summer months, is a simple and effective way of watching your water usage. In our recent survey, we discovered that 40% of us shower for leisure reasons – whether it’s to relax, escape reality or for pure enjoyment. With women spending typically 8 minutes showering and men close behind at 7 minutes, having a digital shower, such as the Mira Platinum, with a handy eco mode means you can keep track of the time whilst you shower. We recommend showering for a maximum of 4 minutes when water demand is high.
4. Water Pressure matters
Water companies are pumping as much water into the system as they feasibly can however, when supply is outweighed by demand, it results in low pressure in the supply pipes in many areas. Much like flushing a toilet next to an electric shower can cause a change in temperature, increased water usage in the whole area can cause a drop in pressure and similar effects. Showering outside of peak times may help with your showering performance.
5. Reusing shower water
If you’re looking to keep your plants happy during a hosepipe ban, reusing your shower water to water your garden could be an economical option!