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How to Use a Hose and Save Water

It is no coincidence that, during period of drought or other water shortages, hosepipe bans are usually the first thing put in place. However, such is the critical level of water availability around the world that you should be conscious of water usage every time you use your hosepipe anyway.  Here are some ideas that will help you use your hose and save as much water as possible.

Change Your Hose

One easy step to take is to buy a hose manufactured with water saving in mind.  We’ve all seen the neighbours with hosepipes that the local fire crew would find useful (we might have owned them ourselves, too), which look like they could fill a lake in a short space of time. Of course, you know you don’t really need it, so buy a modern hose manufactured with water savings in mind.

Buy a Hose Nozzle

You might not even need to replace the whole thing.  Take your hose along to the local DIY store or garden centre and you’ll likely find a wide range of hose nozzles that can reduce your usage.  While the products are different to what you’d see inside the home, the principle behind them is the same.  You can get low flow hose nozzles, aerating hose nozzles, and various other products that aim to cut your water usage dramatically. Your biggest challenge will be getting out of the thinking that you’re using less water, so need to spend double the time using the hose.  Clearly, this is counterproductive, and plants almost never need the excessive levels of water we provide for them anyway.

Change the Way You Hose

It is easy to get lost in the fun of using a hosepipe, which is why we regularly see people indiscriminately watering their whole garden without taking any care over where the water is actually going. The easiest way to save water and money on your bill is to take some care in what you’re doing.  Water the base of your plants, where they will soak up water, rather than covering your entire flowerbed or vegetable patch.  If you have a lawn, then you will need to use a water saving nozzle or even consider a sprinkler to reduce your water usage.

Stop Doing it Where Possible

Don’t use the hosepipe if you don’t need to.  One alternative is to collect rainwater in a water butt and then use a watering can.  Another option might be to look for plants that require little to water to survive; you can get bright and colourful plants that fit this category; you won’t need to have a garden of cacti! With water levels critical around the world, taking action around the biggest areas of water use in the home is more important than ever.  Think about what you can do to save water every time you use your hosepipe.

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How to Prevent Burst Pipes to Save Water

Sometimes, things will go wrong in our home.  We accept that, which is why we take the time to find a good home insurance deal, as well as ensure any workers coming into our homes are reputable, which minimises the risk or preventable problems. Many of us see burst pipes as a problem that just happens, usually because of cold winter conditions causing water to freeze inside the pipes, or causing the pipes themselves to freeze and crack.  Of course, the big issue with burst pipes isn’t just replacing the breakage, but also repairing any damage that consequently occurred to our own, or neighbours’, property.

However, you don’t have to be a hostage to fortune, and wait around nervously for pipes to burst.  Here are some examples of positive action you can take to stop burst pipes occurring.

Turn it off

We’re not just talking about making sure you turn off taps fully.  You can actually turn the water supply off completely when you’re not using it.  This will prevent water sitting dormant in pipes, and save you money on leaks, too. If you do have a leak, however, you need to fix the problem; simply shutting down the water supply isn’t a solution to that issue!

Warm Up Your Pipes

If your burst pipe fears are based on the weather, then take action to keep them warm.  Some modern homes will already have their water pipes insulated when they’re built.  If you live in an older building or another property where your pipes aren’t protected, putting measures in place is easy.

Using foam or fibreglass around pipes is the most common measure, but you can also buy heat tape to wrap around them.  The obvious way to keep pipes warm is to have the heating switched on more regularly, but you’ll need to balance out your increased energy bill and carbon footprint against your desire to do this.

Check Pipes Manually

The biggest thing to check here is your pipe connections.  A loose or damaged washer might not be too noticeable, but can have catastrophic consequences, especially if there’s already a small leak you haven’t noticed yet.Be sure to check pipes and vulnerable areas such as washers and connections by hand; a leak might not be immediately visible, but you’ll always be able to feel if somewhere is, or might previously have been, wet.

Time to Act

Act now, so you have measures in place to prevent burst pipes from happening, irrespective of the time of year and weather conditions.  Better to spend the time, and perhaps the money, now, rather than paying to fix half a damaged wall later!

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How to Keep Your AGUAFLUX Products in Working Condition

If you’re planning to spend money on our excellent water saving products, then you need to keep them in working condition and well looked after so that you enjoy the greatest possible water savings while seeing no difference in the way you shower or use the taps in your home.

Thankfully, looking after your AGUAFLUX water saving products is easy to do, and will ensure you keep them in working condition and enjoy years of water savings.

Ensure They’re Fitted Correctly

Many problems with new products begin when you buy them and fit them to an appliance without properly reading the instructions or guidelines that come with them.  All of our products are intuitive and easy to use, but we still supply you with instructions for how to use them so you’re not working blind.

Take the time to ensure you fit your shower head, nozzle, or flow aerator correctly, and you’ll be instantly enjoying excellent water and energy savings with 100% efficiency.

On-going Maintenance

Vinegar is most regularly cited as the liquid to use when you need to clean lime scale or other mineral deposits from a shower head or faucet aerator.  We’d recommend you follow this advice, although a lime-cleaning product will also do the job if you feel somewhat uneasy about soaking something in vinegar that you’re then going to stand under later!

Although ideally you’ll need to soak each part in your cleaning solution, this isn’t always possible.  If this is the case, then you should instead wrap a cloth saturated with vinegar or your cleaning solution around the product.

Added Checks

Also, you should use the cleaning process as an opportunity to ensure fittings haven’t become loose or your products or leaking, and buy any replacement parts, in the unlikely event that you need them, before refitting the shower head or aerator and using.  When you’ve finished cleaning, ensure you remove your chosen cleaning solution from your product by either thoroughly wiping or immersing in water.

AGUAFLUX water saving products are a great opportunity for you to help out the environment as well as save yourself a significant sum of money; taking the time to ensure your products are always in working condition will ensure you enjoy the greatest possible benefits.

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How to Conserve Water and Use it effectively

Water conservation has always been an important initiative, but today it is a bigger piece of the global environmental agenda than ever before.  We can conserve water both at home and at work in both the actions we take and the products and devices we can use to help us do so.

Here are some of the ideas and initiatives that will help you to reduce your water consumption and be more effective with your use.

Low Flushing Toilets

Modern toilets are fitted with ‘half flush’ mechanisms and are manufactured with water savings in mind.  If you live in an older property with old fittings, including the toilet, then it is worth considering buying a new one, as the water savings you will enjoy are significant.

A great alternative to a low flushing toilet is to use water displacement techniques.  Your water company will often be able to send you a cistern device to reduce water flow, while you can always fill a bottle with water and/or stones yourself and make your own device for cutting toilet flush water consumption by as much as 30%.

Low Flow Showerheads

Many people think about low flow showerheads and mistakenly believe they’re going to have a worse showering experience as a result.  However, these products work by combining water and air to maintain pressure and ensure you enjoy a great shower while reducing water consumption by up to 60%.

An alternative product is a shower flow controller, which does the same job but uses your existing showerhead.  Neither of these products is suitable for electric showers, as they are already manufactured for low water flow.

Faucet Aerators

These fit onto your taps and reduce your water consumption by as much as 50%, although you should be mindful the way you use your taps to enjoy the greatest possible water and bill savings.  For example, you should still avoid cleaning dishes or brushing your teeth while leaving the water running, as well as using running water for cleaning vegetables or other foods.

Water Recycling

‘Grey water’ – water that you have used for cleaning vegetables in a bowl, washing dishes in a tub, or that has come out of emptying the tumble dryer, can be recycled and used in your garden.  Plants and your lawn aren’t too concerned with whether water is a little dirty, so reuse your grey water to keep your garden growing and reduce your water consumption from the supply.

Water Butts

Another great way to minimise the volume of water you take from the tap if you’re a keen gardener is to use water butts.  These collect rainwater and allow you to have a constant resource from which to water your garden; perfect in locations that have wet winters followed by hot, dry summers with little rain.  A water butt can help you be unaffected by a hosepipe ban and keep your garden fresh and colourful throughout the year.  In some countries, you can even enjoy a reduction to your water bill owing to the reduced ‘run off’ from your property.

Conserve and use water effectively at all times; the small differences and savings you make on a day to day basis will add up to a large overall volume and significantly reduced bills.

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How Much Water Does the Average Household use per Year?

Water usage is a hot topic all around the world.  We’re being asked more than ever before to think about the ways in which we can save water and make a difference both to the environment and to our wallets owing to the significant savings we can make.

Before we start to plan water savings, however, we need to know where we’re using water around the home.  Here are the areas responsible for the greatest water usage in an average household of four, how much water they use, and tips to reduce your water consumption.

Toilet Flushing

This accounts for a huge 30% of water consumption in your home, which equates to approximately 135 litres each day.

The most common solution here is to buy a cistern controller, available in many forms or easy to make yourself, which can reduce your water usage by as much as a third.  You should also consider buying an overnight toilet sticker so you can see whether your toilet has a leak that is wasting water.

Showering

Depending on the water saving products you use, and your awareness of the time it takes you to shower, 12 – 25% of your daily water consumption comes from this area.  This means you could be using anywhere from 60 to 125 litres each day.

Low flow showerheads and flow controllers will make a difference to your consumption, cutting water use by as much as 60%, but the biggest difference will be you, and ensuring everyone in your house takes showers that are as short and fast as possible.

Kitchen Water Use

Your kitchen taps and dishwasher, if you have one, are responsible for 8 to 14%, or between 35 – 63 litres, of water each day.  Dripping taps can waste a huge amount of water, while doing things like washing dishes with taps left on, washing foods, and various other things quickly see your water use stacking up.  Factor in that the flow rate of taps can vary wildly, and be massive if you have a faulty valve, and it is difficult to know exactly how much you’re using or can potentially save.  Add in the washing machine, which can use as much as 20%, or 90 litres of water, per wash, and you’re using a huge amount of water in your kitchen, whichever way you look at it.

Making savings here offers many options, but again the biggest thing to do is look at how you use water and be more careful, particularly with leaving taps running unnecessarily and only using a half-full dishwasher or washing machine.  Elsewhere, use faucet aerators on your taps to reduce your consumption by as much as half, which in turn with you being more mindful will lead to a huge saving.

The Final 10% and Total

The final 10%, sometimes up to 15% depending on how you’re using water elsewhere, is used for drinking water and in the garden.  You have to drink water, so we aren’t going to tell you to stop, but you might consider a hose flow restrictor or a water butt to reduce what you take from your water supply for the garden.

In total, this adds up to 450 litres a day, on average, or 165,000 litres of water used every year by the average household.  While that is a scary number, perhaps the most frightening aspect of it is that we have the scope to reduce our consumption massively, yet so many of us fail to do anything about it.