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Water saving tips

Water is an important part of our daily lives. There are many tips to help save on the amount of water you are using. Here's some we've picked up.

Saving in your home

Shower not baths

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 tap 

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.

 

Kettle boil

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

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

 

Jug of 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

Get a water widget - many of the water suppliers offer water saving devices for your toilet cistern which can save money on your bills. Speak to your supplier for more details.

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.

  • 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're under occupying, 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

  • 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.
  • 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're under occupying, speak to your water supplier about getting a water meter fitted. You may be able to save money on the water you're using.

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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