How to save water in your home

Discover how small changes to your daily routine can help you save water in your home – and save money on your bills.

We rely on water every day. But our population is growing fast, and climate change is bringing greater risk of floods and drought. This puts pressure on our water supply. This means we have less water to go round. We can all use less by making small changes to our daily routines, helping us achieve our target of using just 100 litres per person, each day.


Ways to save water in the home

Try these small changes to your everyday routine and save water in your home: 
  • Serving water – place a jug of water in the fridge so you have chilled water ready to drink, rather than running your tap until the water runs cold.
  • Rinsing vegetables – instead of running vegetables under a tap (which can waste up to nine litres a minute), wash them in a bowl. You can save up to £51 a year, plus soaking makes them easier to peel. After, you can use what’s in the bowl to water your plants too.
  • Check for leaking toilets – a leaky loo can waste up to 400 litres a day.
  • Boiling the kettle – only boil the amount of water you need. This can cut the energy cost of boiling your kettle by a third. In fact, if everyone did it, the UK could save more than £1 million a week.
  • Only push one button on a dual flush loo – push small for pee, large for poo – never both. You could save 10 litres a day, which is about £8 week.
  • Cleaning clothes and dishes – wait until you have a full load before running your washing machine or dishwasher. Cutting just one cycle a week will save over 5,000 litres of water and £7 a year.
  • Work smarter, not harder – If you’re wearing something smart for online meetings, you don’t need to wash it after every wear. Just hang it up so you can wear it again.
  • Washing yourself – on average, a bath uses 80 litres of water, while a shower uses just 35. Swapping a daily bath for a shower uses less than half as much water, saving you around £50 a year. Use a water-efficient showerhead for even bigger savings.
  • Taking a shower – in the shower, you can save water in so many ways: 1) Try swapping to a water efficient showerhead. 2) Turn off the water between shampooing, conditioning and washing your body. 3) Challenge yourself to finish your shower in the time it takes to listen to a four minute track from the Waterwise shower playlist on Spotify. One minute less in the shower, saves seven litres a day – over a year, that's around £10 off your bill. 4) Planning to exercise? Save the shower till after your workout. ​5) Use a container to collect water while you shower, then use it to flush the toilet – you could save 12 litres a day and £15 a year.
  • Brushing your teeth – by turning off the tap while you brush your teeth, you can stop 8,000 litres of water going to waste and save approximately £15 a year.
  • Flushing the loo – only flush the toilet when you really need to (remember: if it’s yellow, let it mellow). You can also save one litre every flush by popping a save-a-flush-bag in your cistern. They’re free for our customers – simply fill out our save-a-flush order form online.
  • Caring for your home – keep an eye out for leaks at your home, for example, a damp patch in your garden on a dry day. As well as wasting water, leaks can cost you money and – if ignored – cause damage to your home.
  • Doing DIY – a dripping tap can waste 15 litres a day or 5,500 litres a year, which is the equivalent of a bathtub of water a week. You can learn how to fix a dripping tap – in most cases, you simply need to change the washer which could save you £7 a year.
  • Watering plants – Use a container to collect water when running taps to get cool or hot and use that water to water plants or flush the loo.


Water-saving home visits

We offer our customers free home visits to provide water-saving advice, look for leaks and fit water-efficient devices. If you want to discover more ways to save water in your home, book a water-saving home visit.  


More water-saving ideas

We aim to meet as many of our customers as possible and regularly attend community events.

Find out about our upcoming community events where you can receive free advice and giveaways to help you use water wisely and save money on your bills.

The European Water Label

We've teamed up with DIY retailers, builders' merchants and manufacturers of bathroom fittings to introduce the European Water Label scheme.

The scheme has been launched to help customers find water efficient bathroom fittings such as taps, showers, toilets and baths.

The European Water Label was developed by the Bathroom Manufacturers Association and is operated by The Water Label company.

Water Label

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The Label, which began appearing on bathroom products in summer 2014, includes information such as:

  • Flush performance of toilets
  • Flow rate of taps and showers
  • Capacity of baths.


Comparison of water use

It also provides customers with an online database comparing the amount of water being used between similar products and enabling them to compare on a like for like basis.

Search the online database for products

When searching, look for products which score within the green band of the label, as these are the more water efficient products.

For example, taps and showers that use more than 13 litres of water per minute are shown in the red band whereas products using no more than 6 litres per minute are shown in the green band.


Save on your bill

Choosing more water efficient products will help you to save money on your water and energy bill. Nearly a quarter of your energy bill is spent on hot water.

The Label follows a similar approach to the Energy Efficiency Label found on white goods such as fridges and freezers.

Let's hit Target 100

Target 100 is a commitment to our customers – we'll support them to reduce personal water use to an average of 100 litres each per day.
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