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Plumbers can help their customers save water all year round

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We love to talk about the good old British weather here in the UK

When it’s hot and rumours of hosepipe bans and droughts are circulating, as consumers, we become aware of our water usage and try to use it sparingly to prevent shortages.

But, once the wet weather has inevitably set in again, all good intentions are usually forgotten.

Following the heatwave experienced across parts of the UK last week, the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) is emphasising the importance of saving water all year round in order to preserve this precious resource for future generations.

John Thompson, chief executive at APHC, said:

“In hot weather, consumers are often advised to be sparing with their water usage in order to prevent against potential droughts, however, it’s only by adopting water-efficient habits all year round that we will ensure we continue to have access to supplies of fresh, clean water in the years to come.”

Plumbers and heating engineers have a vital role to play and should be providing water efficiency advice to their customer as part of their customer service package.

Even though water doesn’t appear in short supply in the UK, by using less water, consumers can make significant savings on their energy bills as well as their water meters.

Good water habits

  • Turning off the tap while brushing teeth can save 6 litres of water per minute.
  • Showers can use anything from 6 – 45 litres of water per minute, so the shorter the shower the better.
  • Always fully load washing machines and dishwashers.
  • Water butts are a great water saving device. Collected rainwater can be used to water flowers and vegetable gardens, cleaning the car and washing the windows.
  • Fix that dripping tap – it could save 15 litres of water a day!

Customer money saving tips

  • Make customers aware of the latest in water-efficient goods, for example showerheads, taps, toilets, washing machines, dishwashers and the other water-saving products available today.
  • Insulating hot water cylinder and pipes will ensure taps run hot more quickly, saving water.
  • Set water temperature controls to give you enough hot water when you want it, and not when you don’t.
  • Can they switch their energy supply? Gas is cheaper than electricity or oil.
  • Solar water heating is a good long term option as once its fitted, it can provide a good proportion of your hot water requirements with virtually no running costs.

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