So we’re looking to April and have decided on April’s challenge:
We’re installing a water meter
This is something we talk about vaguely every now and again but have never done anything about. I think the main reason is that I’ve never really liked the idea of being careful about the water I use.
It does fit the conditions of the pledge: It is a permanent change and we can measure what we save.
The plan is to have the meter installed, hopefully in early April.
We will not change our use of water for a while. We’ll take readings every week or so and make a chart and a graph (I LOVE a chart and a graph) of what we use.
When we’re ready we’ll try cutting down on what we use so that we can compare with the first set of readings. I’m not sure it will be very easy as we’re not wasteful as it is. We have four waterbutts in the garden, we try not to overfill the kettle, we never have baths* and we use waste water (eg when we bring our refillable bottle home) to water the houseplants. But that’s to worry about later.
If you’re interested in finding out about a water meter (especially useful if there’s only one or two of you in the house) check out your local water supplier. In Bristol that’s Bristol Water and the link is here.
*Don’t worry we have a shower!