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10 February 2017
Each household in the UK uses on average around 330 litres of water each day.
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.
Here is our tips for saving water...
Quite simply... use less water! There are easy and obvious tips like taking a quick shower instead of a bath and turning the tap off when you’re brushing your teeth, there are plenty of options when it comes to cutting your water consumption, here are a few more little know tips...
Contrary to popular belief, it takes more water to hand-wash dishes than it takes to use a dishwasher!
Don't pre-rinse the dishes, scrape the food from plates and let your dishwasher do the rest
Only run the dishwasher when full, it uses the same amount of water if full or half full
Check for leaks
A leaking tap can waste 1000-2000 gallons of water a year
A leaking toilet can waste as much as 500 gallons of water each day!
Collect rain to water your plants
Let your kids play in a paddling pool rather than a sprinkler
Use a car wash. You'll eliminate 100 gallons (or more) of water from your water bill each time you take your car to a car wash, and if you choose a facility that recycles water, you'll be helping the environment, too.
Consider water saving products
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 attach a low flow showerhead to an electric shower as this could cause possible damage to your shower unit.
Lower flow taps 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 sinks, but all work very well.
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.
Change to a more energy effcient boiler
Boilers can last more than 15 years but as they get older they have to work harder to heat your home and water so you may be spending more on heating bills to get the same result.
A regular boiler is more efficient than a combi at producing hot water in the first place, but then some heat is lost from the hot water cylinder, so a combi may be more efficient overall.