Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Doing well with my water works.
I am happy today. I got my water bill and it is a good one. 6 months of water has only cost me £94 so that would be £188 a year if I keep up in the same way.
I am on a water meter and am rather careful about my usage because I know people on meters whose water is twice or more this. I have a short shower every morning - 4 or 5 minutes, try to wash up only once a day, in the evening, use a glass of water when I brush my teeth, and attempt to only use the washing machine once or twice a week at most. Washing machines are the biggest users of water I reckon with any wash cycle using between 45 and 55 litres of water. I don't put a jumper or shirt in the wash if I have worn in once, I get as much use out of it as possible before it is washed and then just a bit more. I have no dripping taps in my house - apparently a dripping tap can waste as much as a litre of water an hour!
Water is a wonderful thing, it comes out of the tap, clean with no effort on my part, compared with people having to draw it from wells or pumping it in the past, so I don't mind paying for it, but I am not prepared to waste it. I still know people who leave taps running and waste huge amounts, or put the washing machine on every day for 4 items.
I haven't had to use much water in watering my garden this year thanks to the very rainy summer, but next year I will get a water butt or two so that this won't be a problem even if we have a dry summer.
Now of course I am challenging myself to use even less over the next 6 months. let's see how I do.