How to save water

There are many measures you can take to reduce the amount of water you consume, lowering your water bills while making your home more efficient.

Swap a bath for a 5-minute shower

Based on a family of four, by replacing a bath with a 5-minute shower the average family can save around £25 on their energy bills each year. *

Fill appliances before use

While appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines are energy efficient and cost effective, to reap the benefits they need to be used properly. Ensure you only use when full, and always use the most economical settings.

Turn taps off when not in use

Whether you’re doing the washing up, brushing your teeth or shaving, there are several small tasks that require frequent access to water.

A running tap uses around six litres of water a minute, so while it may be easier to leave the tap running, always turn it off while completing your task.

For example, using a bowl to wash up rather than leaving the hot tap running could save around £30 a year on a household’s gas bills if you wash up twice a day.*

Repair any leaks and drips

Costing you unnecessary money, a dripping tap wastes over 5,500 litres of water a year so it’s worth fixing a leak as soon as you notice it.*

Invest in a water butt

With the average roof collecting enough rainwater to fill 450 water butts every year, it’s worth investing in a water butt so you can reuse it in your garden, and for other tasks like washing the car.*

*Source: Energy Saving Trust

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