Saving water is a global concern, and businesses must lead the way in a manner that’s socially and ecologically responsible. Fortunately, there are a few simple devices that can save water, save money and help the planet.
#1 Water butts
Water butts are easily the cheapest and most cost-effective way of saving water. They collect rainwater which can then be used for cleaning, decreasing your reliance on treated water. These devices are most effective if you live in an area with high levels of rainfall, but being able to harvest even a small amount of water can make a big difference in the long run.
#2 Thermostatic valves
These valves are fitted to the pipes themselves, and they’ll save your business money and water. They heat water more quickly so that less is used to get radiators up to temperature. Thermostatic valves are cheap and easy to fit. You’ll usually find that they’re recommended when you switch your water supplier. Comparison tools like Utility Bidder will not only suggest cheaper water providers but also offer advice on how to make your system more efficient, which usually involves thermostatic valves.
#3 Cistern water savers
Toilets waste a lot of water. The standard toilet will flush perfectly effectively with much less water, making the average appliance quite wasteful. Cistern water saving devices are fitted inside the cistern and reduce how much water is used per flush, with no detriment to the effectiveness of the toilet. It might not sound like much, but these small devices can make a massive difference, especially if a business fits one to every toilet.
#4 Tap aerators
Aerators are an intriguing proposition. They reduce the amount of water that comes out of your tap without sacrificing power or cleaning capacity. Aerators divide the single tap flow into multiple smaller streams, increasing flow radius and ensuring an all-over clean that doesn’t require anywhere near as much water. Like cistern water savers, their effect is cumulative, so fit them to as many taps as possible to reap the full rewards.
#5 Grey water diverters
These require a more intensive installation process, but they save a great deal of water. The devices take so-called “grey water” (from taps or laundry, for example) and then recycle it to flush toilets or water plants. In much the same way as a water butt, a diverter decreases your dependency on treated water by allowing you to recycle. These devices are big savers, especially because toilets are one of the more wasteful water consumers.
#6 Turn off auto-flush
Auto-flush is a common sight on urinals in a business or office building. It periodically flushes the urinals, wasting water as it does. These devices are useful for keeping things sanitized and healthy during the day, but many businesses overuse them or leave them on at night. At the very least, turning auto-flush off at night when the building is empty is an easy way to save a little water.