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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.

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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.

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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.