We recently had a free visit from Anglian Water, to show us how to save water. I do worry about how much we use, when I have to do a load of washing every day, just to keep on top of it!
I asked for a visit here and a couple of weeks later, a very nice chap turned up, clutching a tool box full of goodies.
First, he looked at the meter for a few minutes, to check we didn’t have a water leak. We don’t, phew!
Steps To Check To Save Water
He took me through a booklet about how we use water, and checked our downstairs toilet had a dual flush. It does, so all good. I asked him about those balloon things you can get to go into the cistern, but he said they are really more for old toilets, and not needed if you have a dual flush. Good to know. I checked on their website and you can get them for free if you have an old skool loo.
The Water Saving Kit
There’s a garden kit, a CD-ROM kids’ game, trigger attachment for the hose, shower timer, leaflet full of water-saving tips, and an inflatable game that sticks to the base of the bath and displaces the water, meaning you use less when you bathe your kids.
Inside the garden kit were herb seeds, a guide to drought-tolerent plants from the Royal Horticultural Society, some Swell Gel, a Rain Mat and some info about water in your garden. My husband is the gardener in our family, so he will no doubt be putting these to good use.
Save Water in the Bathroom
Next, we went to the bathroom and the blue plastic shoe covers came out. (The kind they make you wear over your shoes if you’re wearing heels, at National Trust properties sometimes, mmm.) This was so he could stand in the shower and add a little Shower Flow Regulator to the main overhead shower. This cuts water and energy consumption by reducing the flow to 7.6 litres per minute. It still feels the same though. Clever stuff. He also swapped our detachable shower head for a new one that does the same. It somehow sucks in air and mixes it with the water, so it feels as powerful, but uses less water.
He did the same for the shower attachment on the bath too, so now they match!
Want to see more of our monochrome bathroom? Check out my room tour!
Finally, he fitted a Tap Insert to the sink to reduce the flow rate to 3.5 litres per minute. Unlike the showers, you can tell the difference for this, but we only use it for hand washing, teeth brushing and filling the basin, so that’s totally fine for us. Our kitchen tap already had one. The plumber also told me what settings to use on the dishwasher to save water and energy. Luckily we were already using the right one – the clue is in the name: Eco.
How You Can Also Save Water
This free visit is all part of Anglian Water’s Drop 20 campaign, and the plumber asked me to tell my friends so they can save water too. Just head to the Anglian Water website and book your free visit.
So there you go! Go and get booked in, it will definitely help you save water, and if you’re on a water meter, that will save you money too. Even if you’re not on a meter, you will save on electricity or gas bills, as you won’t be heating so much water when you shower. It was free, and only took half an hour, what’s not to like?
(Sorry if you don’t live in the Anglian Water area, but check out your local supplier as hopefully they will have a similar scheme.)
The only thing he didn’t provide was a water butt.
I have no links to Anglian Water. I just think more people should know about this scheme.