Today, the 5th of June is World Environment Day, 2019. With climate change dominating the headlines, House of ENKI wanted to explore the effects of water-use in our homes; and how we can make our bathrooms more efficient. Acting today will help us improve our planet's livelihood but also keep our maintenance costs low.

So How Do Briton's Use Their Water?

The average UK household is found to underestimate their water usage grossly.  While many estimate an average of 157 litres per day, the exact number is closer to 350 litres; leaving them with higher utilisation of 55% more water, than what they had accounted for. More concerning, however, is that almost a quarter of Brits have little to no idea how much water they have been using, even though many individuals are using around 142 litres a day.

 

Some of the most common water-wasting habits undertaken by Brits include:

  • Not reusing water when cooking or preparing food - 29%
  • Leaving the tap running while brushing their teeth - 22%
  • Having a bath followed by a shower - 13%
  • Washing their car with a hosepipe rather than a bucket - 10%

Although, the worst offender was the washing machine: This, typically operates at approximately 50 litres per wash. It is also likely that older and unmaintained devices using even more. Over 80% underestimated this amount, assuming 18 litres per load, on average, regardless of the number of times they do their laundry.

What About The Bathroom?

Even our daily rituals can be water-high, a quick shower, usually of seven minutes and 30 seconds, still uses up to 90 litres of water a time whereas brushing your teeth for 2 minutes and leaving the tap running could be wasting nearly 24 litres of water in the process.

Despite over half of British homes having a water meter installed, many customers are missing out on the opportunity to save on their utility costs due to a lack of information especially regarding efficiency adapted products to include: toilet leak detection strips, shower timers and cistern displacement devices.

So What Can Be Done?

Sanitaryware: 

Creating an eco-friendly bathroom can be a great way to help you to curb unwanted emissions. While daunting, it doesn't need to cost a lot of money. Making simple swaps and life changes can be a great start.

Taking a shower does use less water than having a bath, but by installing an electric shower, with an inbuilt thermostat, you can avoid watching the water go down the plughole while you wait for the right temperature.

You can check out a range of our stylish thermostatic showers at House of ENKI. Effortlessly combining simplicity, elegance and efficiency in a range of timeless antique bronze and chrome. Ideal for both modern and classic bathrooms.

Besides, consider installing eco-fixtures to your shower head and taps. Using one will control the flow and spray pattern of the taps and nozzles without compromising on the overall water pressure. Eco-fixtures come in two types - the aerated ones are designed to work by mixing in air with water, thus producing a steady, even spray, while low flow ones reduce the amount of water used overall without compromising your wash. A simple measure like improving your showerhead can reduce your household bill by up to £120 per year.

Another thing to consider is the toilet.  Traditional designs use up to 13 litres per flush but more modern,  dual-flush ones halve this to between 4 to 6 litres, a time. By allowing the user a choice of which button to use,  the water consumption is more comparable.

Let There Be Light:

Where possible your bathroom should allow for as much natural light as possible. You can overcome any privacy issues by ensuring your windows are suitably frosted with glass or film as necessary, as this will still let the light through without feeling overwatched.

Installing larger mirrors can also help draw light in. House of ENKI recommends installing eco-friendly mirrors, particularly those with LED lights.  These can be hung both in a horizontal or vertical position depending on your bathroom configurations. Check out our range of LED mirrors below:

You can install LED lightbulbs for the main room, which will brighten up straight away when activated, making them a popular alternative to traditional bulbs.

It's Time To Vent:

Make sure that your bathroom has adequate ventilation in place. This is not only useful for reducing water costs but can maintain the value of your home and prevent unwanted mould and mildew on surfaces.  You can also place plants in the bathroom to improve the overall air quality. Or simply try opening up a window.

Heating Things Up:

We know there is nothing nicer than having a warm, toasty bathroom in which to retreat at the end of a long day. Consider installing a heated towel rail, which will only remain warm when it is switched on. Our range of towel rails and radiators are able to be turned on independently from the mains which can help your energy bills down.

Cleaning It Up:

Where possible we suggest using eco-friendly cleaning products rather than chemicals. Our series of 'How To's' make it easy to get started on creating your own; and can help you when tackling the most common of bathroom and kitchen problems.

Let's try where possible to make our planet a little greener and curb our carbon footprints. With House of ENKI, you can find plenty of eco-friendly products that do not compromise on style or quality. Together we can create the bathroom of your dreams and a better home for everyone.