Saving Money: Down the Plug Hole

There are two things that really bug me when I’m trying to save money. The first is expensive candles – I wouldn’t burn a £20 note, so why burn a £20 candle?! Especially now I know making my own isn’t so difficult..

 photo 2015-04-12 19.06.26_zps0uzxud7g.jpgThe other thing is the cost of water. It’s something you don’t really think about – I know I haven’t really as water bills have always been included in my rent. But starting from next year they won’t be, so I’ve been looking at water costs – and it’s more than I imagined. This all meant I was doubly grateful when Salamander Pumps got in touch with this infographic;

down the plug hole-final

I never really thought that we used so much water a day. Which is bad for an ex-geography student, though admittedly the exam covering ‘Water Conflicts’ was the reason I didn’t get an A* at A-Level (by one single mark #notbitteratall). And most of it gets used for flushing the toilet. That worries me! I live in a rented room in my landlady’s house so I won’t stop flushing the toilet anytime soon, but it’s definitely made me think that the ‘if its yellow, let it mellow’ strategy might come into play when me and W finally move in together and start paying bills (sorry babe!).

*Sponsored post. And that plug hole is the one at work (I’m not shoddy at cleaning), I had to do a rushed picture as my SD card went a little dodgy last weekend!

Do you have any tips for saving money on water bills?

  • Really interesting post. I heard that you can put a milk bottle filled with water in the back of the toilet so less water is being used when its flushed as it thinks it full.

    If that makes sense?

    Jenn | jenniferjayne.blogspot.co.uk

    • ninegrandstudent

      That’s a really interesting suggestion, I’ll have to try it! x

  • I hate spending money on expensive candles whether im saving or not, I make my own and they’re lovely!

    • ninegrandstudent

      I’ve actually just starting making my own and am really enjoying it! x

  • Rachel Marie

    Such a clever way at describing the purchase of candles! I will now be reducing the amount of scented candles I buy haha!

    Rachel Coco

    • ninegrandstudent

      Aha, I can never justify the cost of them! x

  • Good on you! I’m a big advocate of saving water, I think we all have to do whatever we can to help the environment and it is a plus is you save money as well! I think our biggest output of water would be the washing machine, which I really must pay more attention to how often we use it. Thanks for the reminder. x

    • ninegrandstudent

      I don’t tend to use the washing machine too much – as it’s just me I just throw everything in together (apart from jeans and towels). But it’s definitely something I’ll have to watch in the future! x

  • Interesting thoughts! I have to admit, I never really think much about saving water, and always leave the tap on whilst I brush my teeth, yet I always nag Rich about wasting electricity. Must do better Rachel.

    Rachel x
    The Inelegant Wench

    • ninegrandstudent

      I used to leave the tap on too, it took time but now it’s routine to turn it off! x

  • This was an interesting read! Like you, my water bill has always been included in rent, but when I do move out properly on my own (not uni!) I’ll have to think about it. I’m really bad with washing up and brushing my teeth… I do keep the tap on a lot of the time and I do need to stop that!

    • ninegrandstudent

      I used to leave the tap on a lot too – I’ve gotten better but what I hate is leaving taps running for ages just to get hot water. I’m trying to figure out a use for it! x