The bathroom is probably the room in the house that uses the most water. Below are some tips on how to save water in the bathroom – and most of them are cost-free!
- The average toilet can use 7 – 14 litres of water per flush so only flush where necessary. e.g. there is no need to flush the toilet if you throw a tissue in the bowl.
- Make sure your toilet cistern is not leaking. A leaking cistern can waste 16,000 litres of water a year.
- Install a dual-flush system or place a water saving device in the toilet cistern, but ensure that your toilet is suitable for a water saving device before installing one. Ask your local authority about 'Hippo' the Water Saver is a simple and proven water saving device to help conserve water in toilet cisterns. Every time a toilet is flushed the Hippo saves up to 3.5 litres of water.
- Using the half flush on a toilet, where appropriate, can save a four-person family more than 36,000 litres of water a year.
- If installing a dual flush is not an option for you, then, using a 2-litre bottle, remove all labelling and fill it with water. Place this in the cistern of your toilet. This means that you will be saving 2 litres of water every time you flush the toilet.
Note: If you find that you need to flush the toilet a second time to get rid of waste, then ensure that your toilet cistern’s capacity is not 6 litres and replace the bottle with a smaller one.
For more tips and ways to conserve and save water see Irish Water.
- When washing your hands and face put the plug in the sink as this uses less water than a running tap Use a glass when brushing your teeth.
- Do not leave the tap running when brushing your teeth or shaving! A running tap will dispense 6 litres a minute.
- Fix leaking taps - a leak of just one drop per second can waste 10,000 litres of water a year!
- Take a shower instead of a bath. A bath uses as much as 80 litres whereas a shower can use as little as 30 litres (but that depends how long you stay in the shower!). This will also reduce your energy bill as you heat less water.
- Avoid power showers – some can use up to 25 litres of water a minute!, so a 5 minute shower can use just as much water as a bath. Some power-showers can use up to 125 litres in less than five minutes!
- Install a water efficient shower head, or put a restricting washer in it to reduce the water flow. These are much cheaper than most people expect. Take shorter showers. Not only do showers use up a huge amount of water, water heating is the biggest single contributor to green house gas emissions in the home. A 4 minute shower is plenty – time it with a clock in the bathroom or with a song on the radio!
- The average bath uses as much as 80 litres of water. Why not take a shower instead. A five-minute shower can use half the water of an average bath but be aware of power showers! They can use a third more water than the average bath (125 litres in less than 5 minutes!) This will also reduce your energy bill as you heat less water.
- Bath children together.
- If you do take a bath, don’t wait for the hot water to come – put the plug in right away.