With energy bills on the rise, investing in a water butt to save water can help put a dent in your energy expenditure by utilising our most precious resource- rainwater.

There’s really no way around it- if you live in the UK you’re used to rain, and lots of it. According to the Office of National Statistics it rains approximately 156 days a year here and we are home to two of Europe’s top 10 rainiest cities (Glasgow and Leeds). What’s more, the UK is only getting rainier, in the colder months at least. National climate change projections show that winters are set to get 30% wetter by 2070, but this doesn’t mean an increase in our water supply. With summers set to get 60% drier, it is predicted that river water levels will drop by 80%. This means excess winter rainfall won't make up the difference and water shortages are highly likely. 

Harvesting rainwater helps decrease your annual water usage, saving you money on bills and contributing to a water secure future in the face of a climate crisis. 

A dry river bed, depicting the impact of climate change and how importance it is to save water, is pictured with dead tree roots in the foreground.  

Save on your water bill 

Collecting rainwater with a water butt can save you hundreds of pounds per year, making a dent in those mounting bills and giving a sense of water security. Rainwater is a plentiful source when captured and stored correctly, and can be used for a wide range of tasks via a capturing process that requires minimal effort and long-term cost. 

Swap Sprinklers for Hoses and Buckets 

Sprinklers are extremely water intensive. They use approximately 1000 litres per hour, which is the equivalent of 12 baths worth of water, costing approximately £3 for a 60 minute session. While this may not seem like much on a one off basis, if you use your sprinkler for less than a third of the year (100 days) it adds an extra £300 to your annual water bill! 

Why not replace your daily or weekly sprinkler session with a watering can and fill up from the rain collected in your water butt, which can be easily dispensed through the handy built-in taps. Not only will this save you money but your garden will thank you as rainwater contains nutrients, which are removed from standard tap water via filtration, that will nourish your plants and soil. If a hose works better for your garden, you can still hook one up to our water butts as all of the taps integrated into our water butts are compatible with most hose attachments. 

Car Washing 

Did you know that the average professional car wash can use up to 386 litres of water per vehicle? That’s more than double the daily usage of a UK resident! Washing your car at home, using rain collected via a water butt system will not only save you money, it will also save a lot of water.  A typical bucket hand wash uses around 30 litres of water, which becomes cost free if rainwater collected in a water butt is used instead of tap water. 

Pressure Washers

Handy as they are, pressure washers use a whopping 45 litres of water per minute, with a ten minute drive clean using up to 454 litres of water and costing around £1.50. That’s the equivalent of a week's worth of showers for one person being added to your water bill, for just 10 minutes of cleaning. With a water butt you can easily connect up your pressure washer using an aqua stop connector, saving on water costs and tapping into a more natural and sustainable water source.

Pets and Boots Cleaning 

With the handy built-in tap, our water butts can also be used for smaller domestic tasks. Coming in from a muddy walk with the dog? Use the water butt to rinse off your boots and your furry friend with just a quick twist of the handle. Rainwater, though not drinkable, is a clean source of water making it perfect for outdoor cleaning tasks, and pet baths! 

An infographic depicting different ways to save water is pictured.  

 

Prevent Flooding and Leaks 

Did you know that six out of the ten properties in the UK are at risk of flooding? 

A changing climate has brought the UK some of its wettest winters on record. December 2015 saw flooding on an unprecedented scale, whilst February 2020 was the rainiest February in over 100 years. The cost and impact of flooding is devastating, costing billions and endangering lives. Flood claims increased by 9000% in 2020 and this trend has continued, with the Association of British Insurers last year naming floods as the ‘greatest natural disaster risk’ to the UK.  

A car is pictured wading into a flooded road. In the UK 2.4 million people live in immediate flood risk areas.[/caption]

Investing in a water butt or water tank can help protect your property against flooding by capturing rainwater and diverting the flow so that it doesn’t build up inside the house, or overwhelm your drainage system. It also allows you to manage the flow of water to your garden, preventing it from becoming oversaturated. Garden flooding can destroy your plants, and ruin paving and lawns, even if it doesn’t reach your house interiors. Depending on the size of your property, the space you have available and your risk of flooding (which you can check here) you can choose from an array of water butts  and water tanks in different styles and sizes to find the best fit. 

Investing in a water butt helps secure your garden and home from increasingly heavy rainfall, whilst saving money and water to secure your future, and the planets. 

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