Businesses come in all shapes and sizes, but all of them use water in one way or another. Whether you run a hardware store or a dog grooming business, water efficiency is key for small businesses trying to save money – and for all those businesses that are concerned about the environment.
How can water efficiency help your small business?
Using water in smart ways is a quick and easy way to start saving money in your business. Any small change you make in your use of water will make a difference, but water efficiency goes beyond closing the tap when you are lathering your hands. Here are a few tips that will help you get on top of your water usage.
Get yourself some water-saving gadgets
Tap aerators increase the pressure of your tap while reducing the amount of water you need; cistern water savers help you save almost a litre of water every time you flush your toilet; self-closing taps prevent from forgetting to shut the tap after washing your hands and water coolers can help you save around 10 litres of water a day that goes to waste just by waiting for the tap to run cold water for a glass.
There is a great range of water-saving devices that are an incredible help to save water in your business (or home) without even noticing. It’s an investment that in the long run will help you save a lot of money every month. Plus, the UK government has an allowance scheme for water-efficient technologies that could help you cover the initial costs, so it needn’t cost you a world!
Check your water pressure
High water pressure won’t only mean your toilet running constantly or your faucets leaking from the handles unexpectedly. Although this isn’t great if you are trying to save water, there are other more concerning issues that come with high water pressure: it can lead to major leaks and even shorten the lifespan of appliances using water, such as washing machines or dishwashers.
If you suspect you may be dealing with high water pressure issues (banging pipes and short hot water supply are symptoms of it) you may want to get in touch with your business water supplier.
Get a water audit
Did you know you could be paying too much for your water? And it may not even be your water supplier’s fault, but your usage might have changed throughout the years whilst your tariff could still be the same.
To avoid that, you should get a water audit. During the audit, a specialist will examine and assess your business’s water use, finding new ways in which you can maximise your water efficiency. Choose a water supplier that offers you this service as well as other advice to get your water usage under control and you’ll make great savings in no time.
Team up with your employees against water misuse
Whether you run a small or a medium-sized business, your employees will always play a role in your company’s energy usage. Thus, you will need them on your side when it comes to making your business more energy efficient.
Start by explaining what your strategy is going to be and how they can help the company save water. Ask for their opinion (they could give you a great insight on things you might have missed!) and keep them engaged by keeping them up to date with how your new measures are progressing and if it’s a possibility, maybe even organising water-saving competitions.
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