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Water-saving tips in the home

It is easy to be waterwise in the home by making a few simple changes to your routine, just follow the tips below.

Washing machineWashing machines and dishwashers

Make it a full load when you use your washing machine or dishwasher. Miss just one wash a week and you’ll save over 5,000 litres a year. New dishwashers use less water than washing by hand.

Chilling water in the fridge

Place a jug of water in the fridge for a supply of chilled water, rather than running the tap until it runs cold. 

Washing vegetables

Wash vegetables in a bowl, not under a running tap. Soaking vegetables makes them easier to peel and a running kitchen tap wastes more than nine litres of water a minute.

KettleBoiling the kettle

By not overfilling the kettle you can cut its energy use by a third. Only boiling the water needed in kettles could save the UK more than £1 million a week.

Washing the car

Use a bucket and sponge to wash the car, not a water-wasting hose. 

Bath or shower?

A bath uses around 80 litres of water whereas showers use an average of 35 litres. Swapping a daily bath for a shower could save nearly £50 a year.

Shower savings

Some showers use more water than others – electric showers are already efficient and power showers use lots of water. Choose a water efficient showerhead to save water and energy.

Spending one less minute in the shower each day can also save £10 a year off water bills.

SinkCleaning your teeth

Leaving the tap running when brushing your teeth wastes 8,000 litres of water a year.

Flushing the loo

Flushing the toilet accounts for 30 per cent of the water we use. Install a save-a-flush bag and you’ll save one litre of water each time.

The bags are free to our customers – simply complete our online form

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