Here in SW England, our local water company is the only company and charges more for the water we use than anywhere else in the UK. If we had unmetered water, we’d pay over £1000 a year just to wash. I’m not unusual in Cornwall that I ration my water use and recycle water at every point.
If we used as much water as we liked then our bill would be around £800 a year but we are careful and get it down to £600. We have on demand gas boiler water heating and it drives me crazy that it runs litres and litres of water before it gets hot! This winter, we’ll have an electric shower fitted to save us water as the hot water will be instantaneous.
As you can imagine, I find a few odd ways to use water again. I hand wash some clothes instead of switching the machine on. The whites will soak over night, be wrung out and rinsed in another bucket. Then in the spirit of water saving, any dark clothes will go into the soapy bucket and will sit there. The rinse water? That’ll flush the loo.
Clothes are only washed when they actually need it, towels are hung up to dry and used a few times. The duvet cover is turned over to last longer.
I have a water butt in the garden and that is used for washing the car and watering the garden.
I’ve got to the point where it isn’t just about the money, it just seems best not to waste water, but the cost of an everyday commodity does irk me! So expensive! I’m better off than a lot of people who not only live in fuel poverty (can’t afford any heating) but water poverty ( can’t afford to use the washing machine, flush the loo or have showers) on top of not being able to afford to eat properly.
You might have guessed but I don’t like South West Water!
Love Froogs xxxx