Here are some super simple ideas to reduce your water bill and make installing your Bum Gun a no-brainer.
It really concerns me when people tell me they haven’t installed a Bum Gun in their bathroom yet because they are “scared of their water bill rising”.
This is a common fallacy I often hear, and so I’m writing this blog post to squash those fears.
The Bum Gun offers far too many benefits which you deserve to have.
So, please don’t listen to the “keyboard warriors” who think they are experts in every field.
Here are some of the super simple ways to reduce your family’s water consumption and help conserve this vital natural resource…
1. Don’t waste water when washing your hands
In the UK the average person washes their hands about ten times per day.
If that seems too high, then start washing your hands more often, and watch you get sick less. But that’s for another time.
If you follow guidelines to wash your hands properly with soap for at least 20 seconds, you could save at least 6 gallons per day by turning off the tap while you are washing.
I’ve been doing this since I was a kid. My mum taught me to always put the plug in, fill up with just enough, and then start soaping up. She never told me to run the tap the whole time.
And I bet yours never did too…
2. Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth
Did you know approximately 35% of the public run the tap while brushing their teeth? That’s a huge waste of water.
You can maintain beautiful, healthy teeth and reduce water consumption at the same time.
If you brush your teeth and turn off the tap, you could save up to 200 gallons of water per month.
That’s 2,400 gallons saved per year!
Five people living in your house?
That’s 12,000 gallons per year.
3. Save water while taking a shower
A bath usually takes about 30 gallons of water.
But a five-minute shower will use only 10–25 gallons.
However, have you ever tried turning off the water while you are lathering up?
Think how much precious water flows down the drain while you are shampooing your hair!!
Again, think how much precious water flows down the drain while you are soaping your body!!
This is a total waste of water and your money.
So, when you’re next in the shower, why not try turning off the water while you are lathering up?
4. Turn the tap off when shaving
Just think about how much water goes straight down the drain when you shave your face in the sink or in the shower. Hundreds of wasted gallons over a year.
One study I read found that women shaving their legs in the shower wasted as much as 3x times what men waste if shaving in the shower.
So come on everyone, turn that tap off. Fill a sink or a bowl instead, and save a ton of water and your hard earned dosh!
5. Don’t flush the toilet after every pee
One thing that seems to freak people out is when I suggest not flushing the toilet after every pee-pee.
Bear with me one minute…
Think of this situation…
You’re at home alone for the evening. It could be a Friday or Saturday night in on your own watching your favourite series or for another Netflix binge.
You’ve stocked the fridge with your favourite white wine, or a 12 pack of Brew Dog. (Or both!!)
After getting tucked in to your first few cans, it’s time to break the seal…
Is your pee so ghastly that you have to flush the toilet?
I bet it isn’t…
Even if it is a bit on the strong yellow, or even orange side (which it shouldn’t be, but that’s for another post too), I bet on your second run to the bathroom your pee is more diluted.
And hey, if you’re home alone, do you really need to flush that toilet??
And over the course of the whole night in, just think how many times you might go for a pee…
Do yourself, and your water bill a favour and count how many times you flush that toilet on a Friday night session at home…
And look, this little water-saving exercise doesn’t have to be only done when you’re alone.
There is no reason why you can’t do this while your husband/wife, boyfriend/ girlfriend is with you…
Of course, it might seem a bit weird at first, but the benefits far outweigh your bit of uneasiness…
Try it and save hundreds of gallons of water per year….
6. Save water while cooking
Why don’t you wash your fruit and vegetables in a bowl of water instead of running a tap?
Defrost food in the fridge instead of using water.
When boiling food, use just enough water to cover food.
Also, if you use less water when boiling vegetables, you’ll also preserve more flavour and nutrients.
7. Stop running the tap to get cold water
Summer brings hotter weather, so of course, we get hot and need more water to drink.
But if you’re running the tap to get cold water when filling your glass, you’re wasting water.
Just think how much precious water goes down the drain every time you run the tap.
Is it a litre, two or three?
If you go for a glass of water 3 times a day, that could be as much as 9 litres wasted per day!
Yikes! Or does that not sound like too much to you?
What if you work it out over a week, that’s 63 litres wasted!!
Over a year? 3,285 litres wasted!!
Five people living in your house all doing the same?
That’s 16,425 litres wasted per year?
Enough to run your Bum Gun for the entire length of the 5 year warranty!
I know it’s been hot outside. And I love cold water too.
But instead of running the tap until water gets cold enough to drink. I fill up a large water bottle and keep it in the fridge. It’s easy, fast and cool.
Final thoughts on saving water
These super simple ideas will help you and your family save water and help ensure future generations have access to this fantastic resource.
In my experience from thousands of interviews and surveys I’ve carried out on human behaviour, more often than not, people don’t mean to be wasteful.
They “just never thought about it before”…
It’s so easy to just turn on the tap and go about your business…
But it also only takes a bit of thought to save a ton of water.