Looking at ways we can reduce household bills is as the forefront of all our minds and when it comes to water waste, finding ways to reduce it helps the planet not just our pockets. That's why small changes like choosing water-saving taps over others can really help - and these handy little taps can be introduced in the bathroom and the kitchen making even more savings across the home.
To help understand more about how they work and what they can do for your home, we've put together this guide and also asked our experts to highlight some of the best water-saving taps available.
How Do Water-Saving Taps Work?
Water-saving taps usually have aerators installed which are simple attachments that reduce the flow of water from your taps. These look like small round gadgets with lots of tiny holes and will easily attach to the spout of your tap. They help to separate the water into different streams, mixing with air and in turn reducing the amount you need to use.
How Much Water Do Tap Aerators Save?
These clever devices can reduce the flow of water by up to 10 litres per minute, which will dramatically decrease the amount of water you use day to day. You can purchase tap aerators and flow regulators for a small price - just make sure you have the correct size to fit your tap.
Our Best Water-Saving Taps
If you’re purchasing a new bathroom or kitchen tap, look out for taps with aerators and those which have ceramic disc technology to minimise drips. Here are some of our bestselling water-saving taps:
Low Pressure Taps
If you have a low pressure water system in your home, you’ll need to pick the right low pressure bathroom and kitchen taps to work with your water flow. Look out for low pressure taps which are specifically designed to work in homes where the water pressure is 0.2 bar or less for an efficient flow of water.
If you’re unsure what water pressure you have in your home, our handy water pressure guide will tell you all you need to know.
What are Flow Regulators?
Flow regulators are another name for tap aerators, more commonly used to describe the fittings that go onto your shower head. If the water in your home is running at a high pressure, this will often mean you are using more water than you need every time you use the shower, so we recommend opting for a flow regulator to reduce water wastage.
Take a look at our article exploring our best water saving shower heads, from modern fixed heads to cheap handsets.
Keep Your Taps Clean
It’s good practice to keep your taps in good condition to ensure they stay as efficient as the day you bought them. It’s a good idea to regularly clean your taps to remove dirt and limescale which will help to cut water wastage and ensure a steady flow of water.
Fix Leaky Taps
Leaking and dripping taps can be responsible for a lot of water wastage in many UK households. Shockingly, taps that constantly trickle can use over 450 litres a day, or a huge 175,000 litres of water in a year. That costs the average homeowner £300 extra on their water bill!
To save water at home, it’s important to be economical with kitchen and bathroom water usage. Making a few switches such as investing in a water filter jug for the fridge, using a dishwasher instead of washing up and opting for showers instead of baths will help to cut down your water bills.
Due to increasing bills, more people are looking to save water at home than ever! Take a look at our article exploring the best ways to save energy at home for more handy advice.