Did you know that the average household in England & Wales spends almost £400 a year on water bills? Or that around 15% of a typical household energy bill goes towards heating water? There are significant savings to be made if you can control your water use – read on to find out how…
Reducing water use
Use a water efficient showerhead
‘Low flow’ showerheads can make it feel like water is coming out faster and with more power than it really is. This will reduce the amount of water used per shower, saving you money on your water and energy bills.
Note that low flow showerheads shouldn’t be fitted on electric showers.
Buy water efficient appliances
Next time you’re shopping for a new washing machine or dishwasher, look out for the Water Efficient Product Label. Buying an efficient appliance model can lead to big savings.
Turn off the taps
A running tap goes through around 6 litres of water per minute! Don’t leave the tap running while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing the dishes.
Use a reduced capacity bath
Next time you remodel your bathroom, think about fitting a low-capacity bath. These specially designed bathtubs require less water to fill while still feeling just as comfortable.
It goes without saying that showers are much more water-efficient than baths, but if you are more of a bath person then a reduced capacity bath could be the way to go!
Fix that dripping tap
A dripping tap is more than just a nuisance – it can sneakily waste water and add to your energy bill.
Why use tap water to fill up your watering can, when you could use collected rainwater from a water butt instead?
Saving hot water
Insulate your hot water cylinder and pipes
If your home has a hot water cylinder (it may not if you have a combi-boiler), putting a well-fitting insulation jacket around it could save you around £20 a year – or even more if you have an expensive immersion heater. Insulating your pipes will also help save money & energy.
Use your heating controls
Don’t waste money heating water when you don’t need it. Instead, take the time to familiarise yourself with your heating controls and timers.
Upgrade your boiler
If you have an older gas boiler, it may be time to upgrade it to a modern, energy efficient model. The Energy Saving Trust estimates that you could save anywhere from £55-£200 per year by upgrading.
New boilers aren’t cheap, but there may be government schemes & grants available in your area.
That’s our list of water saving tips. If you have any more ideas, let us know in the comments section!