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Five Top Tips For Saving Money Around The Home

It’s only 40 days until Christmas – and if this fills you with dread rather than joy then perhaps our money saving tips might help you to get in the festive spirit…

Save Money on Flushes and Feel Flush!

Buying a water-saving ball for a few pounds into your toilet cisterns can help you save water – particularly useful if you’re on a water meter. Flushing toilets uses about 30% of household water, and one of these cistern balls only costs a few pounds to buy.

Get A Water Butt

Installing a water butt in your garden will collect rainwater from your drainpipes to provide water for plants and flowers. Not only will these help you save money if you’re on a water meter but it will also come in useful the next time a summer time hosepipe ban comes into play…

Secure Your Home and Secure Your Possessions

As the evenings get longer and darker, our homes are more and more at risk from the threat of burglary, particularly when left empty. Upgrade your home’s security features, such as good quality window and door locks, install some outside lighting and consider a burglar alarm too. Having your home burgled just before Christmas will not help the finances!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Society today has a ‘throwaway’ attitude rather than preserve and mend what we already have. Instead of throwing things out when they get a bit tired, think about how you can repair them and make them as good as new. Descale the kettle, defrost the fridge regularly to keep them in tip top condition and less likely to breakdown. Similarly with your shower – make sure the shower head is descaled frequently to make sure your shower is kept working at its best.

Chrome Shower Head

Keep your shower head shiny and clean to avoid problems

Keep your receipts

Make sure to keep receipts and warranties/guarantees of large purchases in a file or box. This will ensure that they are kept safe and if anything goes wrong in the first year or two you can get it repaired or replaced for free.

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Easy Ways To Save Water

After one of the driest two-year periods on record, around 20 million people across Southern and Eastern England are now facing one of the strictest hosepipe bans ever introduced. Around 20 million people face a £1,000 fine if they defy the ban, which includes watering the garden, cleaning the car, and filling a swimming/paddling pool with a hosepipe. 

Hosepipe Ban

With the current drought situation, it’s more important than ever to be aware of the amount of water we use, and waste, on a daily basis. The average person in  England and Wales uses 150 litres of water a day. Most of this water is used for washing and toilet flushing, but it also includes cooking, drinking, car washing and watering the garden. By 2020 the demand for water in the UK could increase by 800 million extra litres of water a day.

Choosing to have a five minute shower each day instead of a bath can save up to 400 litres of water a week. Shorten your shower by a minute or two to save even more water. If you have a shower radio, try to limit your shower by listening to just one or two songs. Turn your shower off when lathering your hair, and only run the water to rinse off shampoo and shower gel.

Our digital showers feature an ‘ECO’ flow rate mode on the processor which will save approximately 25% of water compared to the ‘NORMAL’ mode. Please note that when making any adjustments to the processor settings the power must be isolated. The ‘ECO’ flow rate mode should not be selected for shower systems fitted to combination boilers.

We have collated a list of some other water-saving tips to help you get through the hosepipe ban:

1.) When rinsing fruit and vegetables, collect the water and re-use it to water houseplants.

2.) Only use your washing machine and dishwasher with a full load.

3.) Buy a water butt and collect the rainwater from your roof to water your garden.

4.) A leaky tap can waste as much as 90 litres a week – fix it today!

5.) Turn off the water when brushing your teeth and save 9 litres a minute.

6.) If you have a cold, instead of flushing each tissue away, throw it in the rubbish.

7.) If you accidentally drop ice cubes when making a drink, don’t throw them in the sink, drop them in a houseplant.

8.) For cold drinks, keep a jug of water in the fridge instead of running the tap for ages each time.

9.) Every time you boil an egg, save the cooled water for your houseplants.

10.) Only fill your kettle with enough water for your needs. This will also cut down your electricity bill.

These are just a few water-saving tips that shouldn’t be too costly to implement… do you have any other ideas?

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