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Save Water in the Bathroom

Video Transcript

Water is essential to lots of the things we do every day when we are at home, and your bathroom is the main water-using room in your home.

Scotland’s tap water quality is the best it has ever been, but the more water we use, the more energy is needed.

The average person in Scotland uses around 150 litres of water every day. There are lots of simple but effective things that we can all do in and around our home to use water wisely. This will not only help save water, it will help you save energy, which can then help you save money on your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

Flushing the toilet counts over a third of the total amount of water used at home every day. If your toilet has a large or old cistern (typically fitted pre-2001), you could consider a water-saving device in your cistern – which can help you save water every time you flush. If you have a dual-flush toilet or a newer button operated/smaller cistern size (post-2001) then your toilet is already more water efficient.

Taking a shower instead of a bath is one of the easiest ways to save water in the bathroom.  A short shower (around 3 mins) can use around a third of the 80 litres of water a bath used. You could even consider fitting a low-flow showerhead or try and use a shower timer or play your favourite song (that lasts around 3 mins) to help you take a shorter shower to use less water!

Don’t leave the tap running while you brush your teeth (this can use around 6 litres a minute – which is 12 x 500ml sports water bottle!), to save water just turn the tap on when you want to rinse or you could even fill a cup or glass for rinsing. You could even fit spray taps to the hand basin to help reduce the amount of water used while keeping a good pressure flow for washing hands and rinsing your toothbrush.

Finally, it also pays to check for any dripping taps in your bathroom, your kitchen or your outside tap – these are not expensive to fix as often all you need is a new washer. A dripping tap wastes at least 5,500 litres of water a year - in a year that’s enough to fill a paddling pool every week for the whole summer.

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Helpful tips on how to save water in the bathroom