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How to save water in your home

Water is an important part of our daily lives. By making just a few small adjustments to the way you use water could save you some money too.

There are lots of things you can do to help save on the amount of water you are using. Here's some to tips get you started:

Saving water in your home

  • Take a shower instead of a bath

Take showers not baths - If possible take a shower not a bath. Try to take a short shower. A shower can use up to 6-45 litres of water per minute (Via Eden Project).

  • Running taps 

Don't let it run - When having a wash or brushing your teeth, don't leave the tap to run. Doing this can save over 5 litres of water a minute (Via Severn Trent Water

A dripping hot tap wastes energy. In one week it can waste enough energy to fill half a bath. If you have a dripping tap, make sure you report a repair.

  • Boiling the kettle

Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements if you're using an electric kettle). 

  • Washing food and vegetables

Wash vegetables in a bowl rather than under a running tap.

  • Washing the dishes and clothes

Only use full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher – this cuts out unnecessary washes in between.

  • Use a jug for drinking water

In need of a drink? Keep a jug of water in the fridge so you don't need to keep re-using the tap.

 

Water saving gadgets

  • Save when flushing

Reduce the volume of water in your cistern with a free water displacement device, it will save water each time you flush. You can get one of these from your water provider.

  • Save when watering the plants

Use a water butt. Having a water butt in your garden can help save water usage in your garden. Water butts can fill enough water for the use of 25 watering cans. You can buy a water butt from most hardware stores.

  • Calculate your home's water footprint

How much water are you using? Severn Trent Water offer an online calculator to show you what water you're using and how much you can save. If you live alone speak to your water supplier about getting a water meter fitted. You may be able to save money on the water you're using.

 

Water saving schemes

  • WaterSure Scheme

If you receive benefits, you may be eligible to apply for the WaterSure Scheme. This scheme has your bills capped so you don't have to cut back on water if you're worried about how much you will have to pay. Find out more about WaterSure here.

 

Save even more...

You can find out more water saving tips from Money Saving Expert.

Why not visit your supplier's website? They will have information on how to save too!

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