Water Saving Tips
Saving water avoids high quality, clear and fresh drinking water going to waste. The good news is making small changes to your everyday behaviour can save water, energy and money.
Showers use the most amount of water in the home (25%), knocking 1 minute off your shower time save up to 2,400 litres of water per year per person.
Turning off the tap when brushing your teeth & shaving can save 6 litres a minute and 2,200 litres a year per person.
Did you know? Hot water use makes up a fifth of the average household energy bill. Top Tip: Fill the kettle with only the water you need to save water, energy and time waiting for the kettle to boil!
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%.
Remember to wash your dishes in a basin instead of under a running tap or use a dishwasher 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 loses around 60 litres of water which disappears straight down the drain.
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.
Did you know? Rainwater is better for your plants as there is more 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.
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.
Did you know? Water use accounts for 6% of UK greenhouse gas emissions. 1% of this is from the treatment and transport of water and waste water, and the remaining 5% is from the energy used to heat water in the home. Saving water can save you money on your energy bills and help protect the planet too.
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.