Saving water tips to be more energy efficient and save money

How to save water

There are many measures you can take to reduce the amount of water you consume. Saving water can help lower your utility bills and make your home more efficient.

 

Swap a bath for a 5-minute shower

By replacing a bath with a 5-minute shower, the average family can save around £25 on their meter water bills each year (based on a family of four)*. 

 

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. Cutting back washing machine use by just one cycle per week could save £5 on your energy bill each year, while one less dishwasher cycle could save up to £10 a year*.

 

Turn taps off when not in use

Whether you’re 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 it's more economical to turn it off. 

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 bill and around £30 on a metered water bill.*

 

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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