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The Recommended Time to Shower to Conserve Water

While there are several products available, from low flow showerheads to shower flow controllers, that aim to reduce water use when taking a shower, there is no question that we remain the most important element of the equation.  It doesn’t matter how great a particular product is, if you decide to spend 20 minutes taking a shower, you’re going to be using excessive water!

The Average Time

Around the world, the average time most people say they spend in the shower is around seven and a half to eight minutes.  While that doesn’t sound too long, we have to think that some people might not be 100% honest when talking about the time they take to shower.

Of course, the volume of water used can vary wildly depending on whether someone is using an electric shower, a power shower, or has a low flow showerhead fitted to their appliance.

Electric showers and hydraulic showers with a low flow showerhead can use as little as six litres per minute, while a power shower comfortably uses double that.  Unfortunately, if you’re using a power shower, then you’re wasting water if you go any longer than two or three minutes.  Such a short space of time is probably unrealistic for taking a shower.

How long is the Ideal Shower?

The obvious way to answer this question is to say, “As short as possible.”  However, if you’re in the average camp and take a shower lasting seven or eight minutes, if you believe that is as quick as you can do it, where will your motivation be to save water and money?

For the best water savings, it is recommended that a shower takes no longer than five minutes, which should be more than enough time to wash, no matter if you have various elements incorporated into your shower routine; you can wash your face and body while conditioner is on your hair, for example.

Hitting the Target

Time yourself while you’re in the shower.  How long does it actually take you?  If you’re closer to five minutes than you thought, then you’ll only have to make a minor change, which will probably be ensuring you don’t just stand and soak at the end, which we all have a tendency to do at times.

If you’re taking nearer to the average time and beyond, then a shower timer with a five-minute alarm (four minute versions are also available, as well as ones where you can set your own limit) will help you meet your goals.

You’re wasting water if you shower for longer than five minutes; what can you do to bring down the time you spend in the shower and save significant water and money as a result?

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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.

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How Can AGUAFLUX Save You Money?

At AGUAFLUX, we’re passionate about water conservation and the impact we can all make on the planet by being positive about how we save water.  We also understand that from a consumer perspective, while many do care about the environment and share our passion for water savings, it is often far easier to motivate people by demonstrating the money savings that can be enjoyed instead.

Here are some examples of the ways in which AGUAFLUX can save you money.

Our Resources & Blog

You’re reading one of the reasons right now.  Our resources and blog sections are filled with advice and guidance related to initiatives that are easy to undertake in your home and at work, which will allow you to make huge water savings and decrease your bills at the same time.

We also take the opportunity to look at your garden, as well as the ways in which you use your essential household appliances, to give you every chance to save as much money as possible.

AGUAFLUX Bathroom Products

Your bathroom is probably responsible for the majority of water consumption in your home, and we have a range of products perfect for cutting your water usage in half, meaning lower water bills.  An added bonus that many don’t consider is the energy savings they make through needing to heat less water when using Agua Flux products.

We provide a range of easy to implement solutions for your bathroom, including low flow showerheads, shower flow controllers, wellness showers, and faucet aerators for your bathroom taps, helping you to cut your water consumption and bills by as much as 60%.

AGUAFLUX for the Kitchen

You can enjoy great savings with AGUAFLUX in the kitchen, too.  Our faucet aerators are again a great product to use, while we also provide nozzle sprayers that fit easily onto your taps, too, and will help to reduce your kitchen sink water consumption by as much as 50%.

Whether it is across your home, outside in your garden, or in your place of employment, AGUAFLUX is passionate about saving water and saving you as much money as possible.  Why not see how AGUAFLUX products can make a difference to your outlook and water bills, starting today?

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Conventional Shower Heads vs. Water Saving Shower Heads

If you’re unsure of the differences between a conventional shower head and a water saving shower head, you’re potentially missing out on massive opportunities for saving water as well as money on your consumption and energy bills.

It is well known that the area of the home where many of us use the most water is the bathroom; this is particularly true if you have a large family or live in a shared home where four or five people are regularly taking showers or baths, for example.

While there’s little you can do to save water while having a bath, save for resolving to bathe in as little water as possible, a product as simple and cost effective as a water saving shower head can make a huge difference while showering.

About Conventional Shower Heads

These are widely seen on older shower models, but are also a common feature of power showers.  Although many countries around the world, including the United Kingdom and the United States, now have legislation restricting how much water flow a shower head allows, the limit is usually still significantly higher than what is actually necessary to enjoy a shower.

Therefore, even a modern conventional shower head that meets legislation is usually responsible for some level of over consumption of water.

Using Water Saving Shower Heads

Many companies, including ourselves, realised the huge opportunity there was for saving even more water in addition to what various governments have written into law.  A water saving shower head can reduce water usage by up to 60%, depending on where you live and the type of shower head you already have.

Our products reduce water flow through your shower to as little as 6.5litres per minute, but use a variety of techniques to ensure that you don’t feel as if you’re showering under a feeble dribble so that you don’t notice any difference in your shower experience.  In addition to the water savings, you’ll also reduce your heating bill massively as every shower you have means you’re only heating half the amount of water.

No Competition

If you’re able to use a water saving shower head, then doing so is a no-brainer.  If you have a modern electric shower, however, water flow is already controlled, so you don’t need such a product.  In fact, using one can damage your appliance and cost you a small fortune in repairing or replacing it.

If you’re using a hydraulic shower, however, then a water saving shower head represents a great opportunity to help the environment as well as your pocket.

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Water resources

Water is present on the earth in massive quantities, with the total of 1.4 billion cubic kilometers.  About 97% of it, however, is salt water and therefore undrinkable for us, humans. Only round 2.75% constitute fresh water, most of which in form of the Antarctic ice. Only a small fraction of 0.0001 percent of the total water on Earth (!) is easily accessible in rivers and lakes, in the soil and in the atmosphere. We owe this to the water cycle of the earth. Vadose water participated in the general circulation of the water.

This “ground water” comes from the upper soil layers. Vadose water is also known as infiltration water. It is the seeped rainwater. Magmatic (or fossil) water is the water coming from the heart of the earth. It is of original purity because it was never before atmospheric or surface water. It gets formed in magma chambers and has not participated in the general circulation of the water yet. Juvenile water comes from an enormous depth. (In certain circumstances many kilometers deep)

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Water saving

Water saving is nowadays synonymous with environment protection. It is therefore important to use industrial products in all hydraulic systems of our buildings (apartments, houses, industrial plants), which support water saving and stand to high quality standards. Water – flow restrictors, aerators, water saving shower devices or multi-function shower heads are products that have been proven not only to be useful for water saving, but it has even been confirmed that  water consumption  can be reduced by 30% to 60%.

It is advisable to follow a few pieces of advice on water saving. Energy-saving always constitutes economic frugality and entails environmental sustainability. The basic tips to this topic are: Check all water pipes. If they leak in any places, replace either them or the seals. Also check out the sinks and washbasins for any possible leaks. For the general tidiness in the house such as cleaning floors, walls and windows, you need a bucket with soapy water and one with clean water to rinse off the soap residue. For watering the plants and for cleaning work in the garden only plain water will be used, of course.

The most important factor in water saving is a KIT, such as Flow Restrictor or aerator, both of which we have already recommended. The products you receive from us are easy to install and provide low water consumption.