Water saving tips for small businesses

By Eleanor Bailey
 

Saving water will save you money. You shouldn’t view water bills as unchangeable costs, because (to an extent) they’re actually under your control. You pay for all the water that passes through your meter, but if you use this water more efficiently your business will use less and you’ll pay less.

If that’s not convincing enough, water efficiency is better for the environment too. Water isn’t the never-ending resource everyone seems to think. Did you know, recently the Environment Agency warned that unless England reduces its water usage there will be big shortages as early as 2050? So, water efficiency should be at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

Just a few small changes can make a big difference! Your business could easily be using 20% less water. Here are some of our top tips:

Remember regular readings

If you’re on a water meter, taking regular readings and giving us this information will ensure we bill you for what you’ve used, instead of an estimate. Knowing your usual water usage and keeping on top of what you’re currently using will also help you to notice if you have a leak, as this will show itself as a higher than normal level. Noticing and repairing leaks early will save you money on wasted water.

Profit from water-saving products

Did you know that our government has a scheme to help with the costs of water-saving devices? The Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) lets businesses claim 100% first year capital allowance on water efficiency products from their approved list. Why not check it out here.

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Why not have a look at them all at our water efficiency shop.

Buy a water-butt

Rain water is free, but have you ever considered capturing it and finding a use for it? If you can, just fit a water butt to the outside of your business and let the free water fill up. This could easily cover uses like plant watering and cleaning for free.

Wrap up for winter

Prepare your business for winter by insulating tanks, cisterns and external pipework. This prevents any potential costs from damage and leakage due to freezing temperatures.

Educate your employees

Communication is key. Simply explaining what you’re trying to do, and the importance of water efficiency, to your employees is likely to change their behaviour. Why not try implementing a water-saving competition? Saving water can be fun.

And there we have it! We hope you’ll go and try some of these simple water saving methods.

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