You may not realise it, but using water in your home does affect your energy bill – and your carbon emissions.
Saving water can save you money – if you’re metered – as well as lower your energy use and your bills. It can also have a positive impact on the environment.
There are small changes you can make to your everyday routine to save water. Check out our top tips below.
- Washing your veg in a bowl before cooking, instead of rising under the tap, can save you up to £51 a year. You can also use the water from the bowl to water your plants
- Re-use your veg or pasta water
- Only boiling the amount of water you need, rather than filling it up to the top, can cut your energy costs by a third
- Wait until you have a full load before running the dishwasher or washing machine. Cutting one cycle per week can save over 5,000 litres of water
- Check your taps for leaks. A dripping tap can waste a bath tub of water every week
- Use a microfiber bag in your laundry to catch synthetic fibres from your clothes. These can make their way into rivers, lakes and oceans
- Wash your clothes with cold water. About 90% of the energy used by the washer machine goes towards heating the water.
- A shower uses 35 litres of water, compared to an 80-litre bath. Swapping a bath for a shower can save you around £50 per year
- Consider a water efficient shower head
- Turn off the shower between shampooing and conditioning your hair
- Challenge yourself to take a four-minute shower. One minute less in the shower saves seven litres. Over a year, that’s around £10 off your bill
- Use a container to collect water from your shower and re-use it to water your plants, or flush the loo. This could save you 12 litres per day
- Turn off the tap while your brushing your teeth to save 8,000 litres of water going to waste
- Consider a save-a-flush-bag for your loo.
- Water outdoor plants in the early morning or at the end of the day to stop water immediately evaporating in sunlight and heat. Water the soil so that the liquid goes straight to the roots, where it’s needed
- Installing water butts saves up to 5,000 litres of water a year . And your plants will thank you for rainwater rather than treated tap water.