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Did you know that much of your water use at home contributes to your energy bill? Each person in the UK uses on average, about 150 litres each day. But about 24% of a household's heating bill is from heating the water - when you shower, run hot water from the tap, and use your kettle, washing machine and dishwasher. This is on average about £150 per year.
Saving water can reduce your water bill (if you’re on a water meter), reduce your energy use and bills, reduce the impact on your local environment, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by using less energy to pump, heat and treat the water.
When we use water, we are often using energy – mostly to heat the water. Generating energy produces carbon dioxide emissions - and carbon dioxide is one of the main greenhouse gases which causes climate change. Heating water for use in our homes makes up about 4% of the UK’s total carbon dioxide emissions.
No one likes to waste water. However, only about 8% of people realise their water usage contributes to their energy bills. Simple water use changes can save you money - find out now.
New water-efficient showerheads use technology that can produce water flows that feel far higher than they actually are - an easy way to save both water and energy. They are most effective on power and mixer showers with a high flow rate. You should not low flow showerhead to an electric shower as this could cause possible dangerous damage to your shower unit.
A standard bath has a capacity of around 80 litres, so even when it’s less than half full it uses a lot of water. If you’re buying a new bath, look for one with a lower capacity. Of course, you can always save water and money by taking a quick shower instead of a bath.
Looking to replace water-using appliances such as dishwashers or washing machines? Look for products with the new Water Efficient Product Label - the Waterwise Marque - and the Energy Saving Recommended mark, as these models can help you to save water, energy and money.
Lower flow taps
Taps with a low flow rate can be fitted to bathroom and kitchen sinks. Click point taps are better for kitchen sink taps; aerated or regulated flow taps are more suitable for a bathroom sink; but all work very well.
Flow tap aerators and regulators
If you’re not replacing taps or shower units, you can still save water by fitting flow regulators to showers and aerators to taps. Flow devices are easy to install. They often contain precision-made holes, filters or flow aerators to regulate the flow of water without changing how it feels to you.
If you have an electric shower you should not fit a flow regulator as this could cause possible dangerous damage to your shower unit.
Water efficiency labelling
To help you identify products that are water-efficient, the Bathroom Manufacturers Association has a Water Efficiency Products Labelling Scheme. For more details of the label and help to find and compare products, visit the Water Efficient Product Labelling Scheme site. To identify award-winning water-efficient products, look for the Waterwise Marque. Find out more at the Waterwise website.
Snub the tub
If everybody in your family of four replaces one bath a week with a five-minute shower, you can save up to £15 a year on gas bills and up to £25 on water bills (if you have a water meter).
Change your head
If a family of four replace their inefficient shower head with a water-efficient one they could save around £75 off their gas bills and around £90 off their water bills (if they have a water meter) each year. That’s a total saving of £165.
Turn it off
A running tap wastes more than six litres of water a minute, so turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your face - and use cold water if you don't need hot.
Don't be a drip
A dripping tap can waste more than 5,500 litres of water a year, so make sure your taps are properly turned off and change washers promptly when taps start to drip.
Make it go further
Try to avoid wasting water from running taps while waiting for hot water.
Fill ’em up!
Make sure that dishwashers and washing machines are full before you use them, and always use the most efficient water and energy settings. When it's time to replace your appliance, look for the Energy Saving Recommended logo: products with this logo will save both energy and water.
Using a sink of water to wash up twice a day rather than having the hot tap running could save around £35 a year on your gas bill and around £30 on your water bill (if you have a water meter). If you need to rinse utensils or wash vegetables, use cold water if possible and don't leave the tap running!