Reducing how much water you use and saving on water and energy bills doesn’t have to affect your daily routine. These simple changes can make a huge difference.
1. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth
A running tap can use six litres of water per minute. By turning off the tap while brushing your teeth, a family of four could save up to £36 on metered water bills, as well as up to 17,520 litres of water per year. You can also fit a bathroom tap insert to save a further one litre per minute. Order yours for free now!
2. Take shorter showers - we recommend four minutes
On average a shower uses 10 litres of water per minute. Ordering a free shower timer and reducing your shower time by just one minute could save a family of four up to £45 on metered water bills, up to £52 on energy bills and as much as 11,648 litres of water per year. You can also order a free water efficient showerhead which could save a family of four up to £97 on metered water and energy bills as well as nearly 22,000 litres of water each year.
3. Fix leaks and drips
A single leaky loo can waste up to 400 litres of water per day – the equivalent of five full bathtubs - costing up to £300 per year for metered customers. A dripping tap can also waste more than 60 litres of water per week. Find out how to spot a leaky loo and find an approved plumber in your area to fix leaks and drips.
4. Reduce your water use in the garden
Less watering doesn't have to mean less gardening. Choose plants that don't mind going without a drink for a while. Your garden centre will be able to recommend plants that need less water. You can also order a water butt to collect rainwater from your roof to use in the garden.
5. Don't leave the tap running to clean dishes or vegetables
A running tap uses six litres of water per minute. By filling a washing-up bowl instead of running the tap you can reduce the amount of water you use. You can also order a kitchen swivel tap to save one litre of water per minute and allow you to direct the flow in any direction you need.