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Our 5 Tips to Reducing Your Water Bill

Friday, January 10th, 2014

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Our 5 Tips to Reducing Your Water Bill

With ever increasing prices being charged for utilities, it is important for us all to look at ways we can reduce consumption and in turn our bills, below are our Top 5 Tips for saving both water and money.

Water Meter

Whilst many of us now have a water meter fitted, there may be some homes which are yet to have one installed.  Paying for the water that you use rather than a rate based on your home could lead to cheaper bills.

Turn off Taps

We can waste a surprising amount of water simply by leaving taps running whilst washing up or brushing teeth.  With several litres wasted each time you brush your teeth, by turning off the taps during this twice a day ritual, savings can soon add up in the family household. Fixing a leaking tap is also worthwhile, as again a tap that is constantly dripping is costing you money.

Shower vs Bath

Opting to shower rather than bath has long been recognised as a money saver, but we can still end up using a vast amount of water during a shower. By shortening the time spent in your shower or reducing the rate at which the water flows through installing an efficient showerhead, you will again reduce consumption and save money on your bill.

Water Efficient Products

It’s worth exploring those products which facilitate reduced water usage, from dual flush toilets which can save several litres per flush compared to single flush models, to lower flow taps where water can again be saved. When looking to install more efficient white goods, taking the time to research what’s on offer is very worthwhile, as when it comes to replacing items such as dishwashers and washing machines water usage for these machines varies greatly, even though eco-friendly functions are now a main feature on most models.  You can still save water usage on existing models by ensuring dishwashers and washing machines are fully loaded before use.

Recycle

Given our climate, installing a water butt in the garden is another good move, helping the environment as well as your pocket through making use of the rain water that we have an abundance of.

 

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Don’t Burn Money To Keep Warm

Monday, October 28th, 2013
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Burning money to keep warm

 

 

The weather is up and down. Sunny and warm one moment, wind and rain the next. Having to turn your heating on and off. I myself, tried for as long as I could, to go without those radiators giving me warmth.  Starting and stopping the boiler cannot be good for any system and the number of boiler related call outs increased from the first week of September to the first week of October by over 72%, they will continue to increase as the temperatures get colder and colder.

Not picking the right plumber can be a costly experience especially if they are not registered and qualified. Over 60% of people pick their plumbers on cost. Going for the cheapest option can cost you more in the long run. Ideally you want your plumber to be on an approved contractor’s scheme and or have credentials and references.

Using an unqualified plumber could cost you a lot more money when you have to pay to rectify any mistakes. According to figures from Watersafe (a recognised plumbers register), Britons have had to pay more than £2.5 billion to fix bungled plumbing jobs.

The danger is not just about how bigger a dent the mistake makes to your pocket, but there could also be health and safety implications as well, for instance your water could get contaminated.

You can go to the Watersafe directory and find a list of registered and accredited plumbers local to your area.

You might not actually need a plumber, there are many things that you can do yourself to maintain your heating system, Plumbing Tools can help.

Some Simple Advice On How To Save Money By Reducing You Water Bills.

Monday, October 7th, 2013

We have all read about gas and electricity prices rising and rising. The hot topic at the moment is to see whether fracking will help lower our bills.

Most reports conclude that Fracking will not lower our bills like it has in America. We are not in the same situation as the US.

Fracking uses an awful lot of water and will be taken from the local groundwater supplies local to the fracking sites. The Thames region has already warned that the water bills are due to rise by about 12%.

The industry for water has already cautioned that the areas that are undergoing Shale Gas Extraction will be put under serious pressure of water stress.

In the village of Balcombe in Sussex, test drilling has already come under huge protest and the villagers are already having to use water from other sources because the village’s tap water is discoloured!

Tina Rothery who is part of RAFF, (Residents Action on Fylde Fracking) explained that not enough thought has been put into understanding all the implications of having millions of gallons of water removed from the local supplies.

The Fracking policy and costs are set out by the water regulator, the Government and Activists.

So although we may not be able to influence the bigger decisions, we can still help to reduce costs in our own lives by making some changes ourselves.

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So, that being said..

What type of Shower Head do you have?

Get yourself a revolutionary aerated shower head. For example The Ecocamel Orbit is an odd looking shower head, it is a hollow ring with 40spiral jet holes. Trialled by a family over the summer this shower head uses more than 70% less water than an average shower head.  If a family of 4 people used this shower head for seven minutes per day each. Their combined heating and water bill could reduce up to £240 per year.

How old is your toilet?

Is it the same lavatory that was in your house when you moved in? Perhaps you wanted to have an authentic and period toilet to fit in with the other décor. The problem is that older toilets use about 13litres of water per flush. By investing in a modern ultra-low flush toilet that only uses about 3 litres of water per flush. Every time that you use your new low flush toilet, you will be saving 10 litres of water! That is more than 700 litres per week, Over 36,000 litres a year. Reduce the waste and reduce your bills.  If currently you still have a 13litre toilet. You can still reduce water waste by displacing the water in the cistern with a brick or two.

Save your bathwater!

Water companies charge us twice, once for the use of water and once for the water that we take but don’t use. This is called “grey” water.

Water butts are a great investment, they collect the rain water and you can water your gardens and plants at no cost. You could even send your waste water (bath water) to a soakaway, just make sure that you stop any soap scum or hair from getting into the supply by using a fine mesh and some hairgrips in the plug hole.

 

Global Energy Guide

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Worldwide demand for energy has risen relentlessly during the last 150 years and ties in with the industrial development and growth of the population. Forecasts show that the demand for energy will keep rising and by a minimum of 50% by 2030 because developing countries like India and China who need more energy to keep up with their rapid economic growth.

About 80% of the world’s energy is at present, supplied thorough fossil fuels – oil, gas and coal. Forming a very long time ago from the remains of dead animals and plants that are carbon rich, unfortunately these are non-renewable energy sources that are running out.

Over the last decade or so, there is worry about the impact on the environment. When fossil fuels are burning they create greenhouse gases which if not monitored and reduced will cause climate change.

The pressure is on to replace fossil fuels and find more renewable sources of energy that are non-polluting and enduring like solar energy or wind.

Nuclear Energy could be an option.

Fission: It’s the basis of current atomic energy production involving the decay of specific large atomic nuclei like uranium-235, which releases a lot of energy. Commercial nuclear reactors first started up in the 1950’s and now about 440 reactors supply over 15% of global electricity. This was supposed to be the failsafe option, delivering clean and plentiful fuel, however the nuclear industry struggled with its image, because of accidents like Chernobyl and the big job of dealing with radioactive waste. Now that fossil fuel prices are rising and reserves are getting lower, there is pressure mounting about dealing with climate change, some countries are looking towards Fission again.

Fusion: Energy can be released by forcing together light atomic nuclei instead of splitting heavy ones. This is the same process that power stars. Some believe that nuclear fusion will provide a safe and green energy source compared with fossil fuel. Allowing huge amounts of energy to be produced from plentiful sources like lithium and water. However this is a relatively new method and a commercial reactor has not been made yet and won’t be expected to be made until about 2050, if ever? There are still so many engineering and scientific tests to be made.

Hydropower is the best source of renewable energy. Relying on rainfall that flows into rivers, to dams. Water is then channelled to flow to a turbine and turn it, which then produces energy in a generator. After the dam is built, hydropower is a cheap source of power and there are no carbon dioxide emissions. Norway produced over 99% of its electricity for domestic use from hydro stations.

Wind is the second most successful renewable energy source. It is more costly per unit of electricity produced than fossil fuels. They are flexible as they be used on shore and off shore. Their efficiency is down to the weather. Some people also complain as they think that they can mar the landscape. Wind power seems to be more popular in Europe.

Sun is a renewable and emission free energy. IT is not a cheap method of using renewable energy as the initial set up is very high. But the costs are eventually lowering and once they are installed the actual energy source is free.

Wave and Tidal Power are big sources of unused energy from the ocean. These are new technologies and have not been explored to the extent that wind and solar energy have and development is costly.

Biomass is organic and a material that is non-fossil which creates a renewable energy source.

Launched : Water Efficiency Label

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

 

DIY retailers, manufacturers and builders’ merchants are helping customers to be able to tell how water efficient their fittings in the bathroom are, taps, WC’s, baths and showers.

“Water For Life” which is DEFRA’s Water White Paper, published in 2011 encouraged voluntary labelling for water efficiency to help and allow customers to go for more efficient pluming products. Because of this, top builders merchants and retailers started the Water Using Products Working Group, aided by the “WRAP” – Waste & Resource Action Programme to discuss what action they could take to enable this.

The labelling will start to be introduced all over the country on a wide range of products and will help customers to compare products “like for like”.

This information will be available online and in stores and will be fully rolled out in 2014.

Richard Benyon who is the Environment Minister thinks that the scheme is a fantastic idea “We all have the responsibility to use water wisely”. Because customers get the option to choose the products for the bathroom that will save them money and water and will help to preserve the valuable resource that is water.

The fact that we need to save water for future resource is common consensus. Alongside the Environment Minister, The President of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA), Steve Lee agrees “Water is one of our most precious yet undervalued resources”.

Steve Lee has been working hard alongside the BMA to implement an attitude change towards the importance of water. The continuing influence and growth of the Water Label has helped raise awareness of this major resource.

Many merchants, manufacturers and retailers have committed to take part in the “Water Label” initiative. The BMA is keen to push the “Water Label” everywhere.

 

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