Water is intrinsically linked to energy. However most of us underestimate the energy water companies need to treat and pump water into home and remove waste water.
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 CO2 emissions by using less energy to pump, heat and treat the water.
Below are short, medium and longer-term suggestions from trusted third party sources that can offer you practical advice and information.
Saving water at home:
Did you know that about 12% of a typical gas heated household’s energy bill is from heating the water for showers, baths and hot water from the tap? By saving water you will be able to lower your energy bills, minimise your carbon emissions and also reduce your impact on the local environment. Read more.
Advice on saving water (homes, businesses, schools, etc). Read more.
Ways to save water in your business
Try to avoid excessive flushing when cleaning toilets
Ensure toilets have a dual-flush system.
Carry out a flow rate assessment of taps and showers and other helpful tips. Read more.
To reduce water wastage, fit tap aerators or flow controllers to existing taps, hoses and high-flow showers.
When replacing taps, think about automatic stop mechanisms e.g. push button or sensors.
Signpost your visitor to the Refill service that connects you to the growing network of places to eat, drink and shop with less waste across the UK.
Only run dishwashers when they are full to save water and electricity. A full dishwasher can be four times more water efficient than washing dishes by hand.
Reduce washing, e.g. replace towels less frequently
Read your water meter regularly to establish normal patterns of use so that problems such as leaks, drips and constant flushing can be quickly identified.
Collect rainwater in a water butt for the garden
Water your garden plants at a cooler time of day so they retain more moisture.