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Wasting less water

04 December 2013

Most of us waste far too much water. This costs money as around a fifth of our energy bill (£228 on average) is spent on heating water for cooking, washing and cleaning.

Wasting less water is important for three reasons:

1. It will save you money on your energy bills
2. It will help maintain good water supplies for the future
3. It will help maintain the local environment (rivers and lakes)

Check out our top tips below to find out how you can waste less water.

Top free water saving tips:

  • Ask your water company for a water meter - if you are a small household you are likely to save money and if you aren’t eligible you are still likely to get a lower bill. As a rough estimate a single person in an average household could save about £200 a year. Click here for more information on water meters and here for a calculator showing you how much money you would save with a meter.
  • Ask your water company about free water saving measures which they often install for free (such as free showerheads and timer etc), or check out this website that will show you what measures are currently available. 
  • Take shorter showers. A shower normally uses a third less water than a bath- but only if it’s short- try and stay in for no more than four minutes. 
  • Only do full washing loads when using your washing machine and dishwasher and you'll cut your water (and energy) use by doing fewer loads.
  • Use a washing up bowl in the sink.

Top low cost water saving tips:

  • Buy a water butt to collect rainwater in the garden. Use that instead of a hose to water your plants. 
  • Buy a shower timer (or get one for free) so you know how long you’ve been in the shower.
  • Look for more water efficient designs when replacing home appliances. Appliances can range in efficiency hugely. A++ is the most efficient currently.

For more tips on how to save water visit the Waterwise website.

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