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Water Saving Advice

Use water wisely

Water use accounts for 6% of UK greenhouse gas emissions. 1% of this is from the treatment & transport of water and waste water, and the remaining 5% is from the energy used to heat water in the home*. So saving water can save energy, which can help save money on your energy bills – it’s good for your pocket and the planet.

From drinking tap water to washing, cooking, cleaning or flushing, we all use water every day. It also needs energy to heat water for showers, baths and washing dishes.

Here’s a few simple steps you can take to help save water & energy in and around your home and help protect a precious resource. 

 

*CIWEM, 2013, A Blueprint For Carbon Emissions Reduction in the UK Water Industry.

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Saving Water Outside

Sponge     Did you know? A hosepipe can use enough water in 30 minutes to fill five bath tubs. Top Tip: Use a bucket and sponge to wash the car to help save water.

 

 

 

Watering can

 

Use a watering can instead of a hose and water plants early in the morning or late in the evening, this way less water will evaporate and more will go to the plant roots. Alternatively, you can fit your hosepipe with a trigger nozzle so it only runs when you need it. 

 

 

 

Water butt

 

Use a watering can instead of a hose to water plants. Did you know?  Rainwater is better for your plants as there is nitrogen in the rain which helps plants thrive. A small Scottish roof collects over 45,000 litres of water each year, that’s more than enough to keep your water butt topped up! 

 

 

For more expert advice on how to help save water in and around your garden, visit rhs.org.uk

 

Saving Water in the Kitchen

Kettle

 

Save on your energy bills by filling the kettle with only the water you need, you’ll also save time waiting for the kettle to boil!

 

 

 

Washing dishes

 

Remember to wash your dishes in a basin or bowl instead of under a running tap, or if using a dishwasher wait for a full load and use the eco setting to help save not only water but energy too!  Did you know? A tap left running while washing dishes or fruit and vegetables for 10 minutes can use around 110 litres of water which disappears straight down the drain.

 

 

Washing machine

 

Fully load your washing machine and dishwasher and use the eco-setting where possible to save water and energy. Washing clothes at 30 degrees rather than 40 degrees reduces your machine’s energy consumption by 57%. 

 

 

 

Saving Water in the Bathroom

Shower

 

Showers and baths use the most amount of water in the home (32%), and make up around a fifth of the average household energy bill, knocking one minute off your shower can save over 4100 litres of water and 39kg of CO2 per person, each year.

 

Toothbrush

 

Turning off the tap when brushing your teeth & shaving can save 5 litres a minute and over 7,400 litres a year per person.

 

 

Litres, carbon and financial savings in the simple steps above are from the Energy Saving Trust. Assumes a semi-detached, 3 bedroom gas heated house with gas price 4.17p/kWh and electricity price 16.36p/kWh, unless otherwise stated. Correct as of October 2020.

Leaky Loos

Toilet A leaking toilet can waste between 215 and 400 litres of water every day. Between 5 and 8% of toilets are leaking, and it is most common with dual flush toilets. 

So if your toilet is leaking, get it fixed as quickly as possible. It can be tricky to tell if your toilet is leaking, but you can use this simple test to find out.

Alternatively, if you have easy access to your cistern put food dye or a dye tablet in the cistern and wait 20 minutes, if the water in the toilet bowl ends up coloured then you have a leak.  

Leaky Loo Test

Step 1: Half an hour after a flush, wipe the back of the pan dry with toilet tissue.
Step 2: Then place a new, dry sheet of toilet tissue across the back of the pan.
Step 3: Leave it in place for up to three hours without using the toilet, or overnight.
Step 4: If the paper is wet or torn in the morning – you have a leaky loo.

Water Saving Challenges

Up for a challenge? Try out our fun water saving games or quiz on our Your Water Your Life website

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