Water saving tips

The fact that you're here says you are a savvy saver - good on you. Get ready to bust some bills while you save water.

Try these easy tips in the house and garden and they'll soon become good habits you can't break.

Using water inside

Spend one minute less in the shower

We spend an average of seven minutes in the shower. If everyone in a four-person household with a power shower spent one minute less under the faucet each day, they’d save a whopping £60 on their yearly energy bills.

Boil only what you need

Overfilling the kettle sees £68 million go up in smoke (or should that be steam?) each year in energy bills. Think about it next time you're making a cuppa just for yourself, and make your mantra: 'boil only what you need'.

Wash at 30 degrees

Dialing down your washing machine to 30 degrees, and only ever washing a full load, can save the average household £13 a year.

Use a washing up bowl

Instead of letting the hot tap run for longer than it needs to, use a washing up bowl - it could knock £35 a year off your energy bill, plus you'll have all that water left over to water your plants or wash the car with.

Turn the tap off

Turning the tap off while brushing your teeth saves a massive six litres of water per minute!

*All money saving stats are from The Energy Saving Trust

Using water outside

Ditch the hosepipe

Hosepipes use thousands of litres of water an hour. Use a watering can for your plants, and a bucket and sponge for your car, and you’ll be doing the environment a good turn.

Water out of hours

Water your garden in the early morning or late evening, when less water is lost through evaporation.

Use mulch for moisture

Add a layer of mulch (e.g. bark chips, manure) over your soil to retain moisture and keep weeds at bay.

Choose less thirsty plants

Try planting drought-resistant plants, such as geraniums. They look great, and require a lot less water.

Buy a butt

A water butt collects the rain from your roof, so you can give your plants a drink.

More information can be found in our using water wisely leaflet (PDF 1,948 KB opens in a new window).