Ways to save water at home

Water is a precious resource that many of us take for granted. However, extreme weather due to climate change has left us with an unpredictable water supply. It’s time to make a change.

Despite the UK being a notoriously wet country, its weather is also extremely unpredictable and statistics suggest that we could run low on freshwater in the next 251 years. To help spread the word, this week we’re supporting World Water Week, and looking at ways we can make a real impact by reducing the amount of water we use.

Why save water?

The average UK household uses around 330 litres of water a day, that’s 140 litres per head, every day2, which is a lot of water!

Whether you’re on a water meter or not, by reducing your water consumption you can save money on your energy bills. This will no doubt be music to your ears with the current cost of living crisis. You’ll also be doing your bit to reduce your carbon footprint by not wasting precious energy resources.

How to save water at home

Here are some easy ways to save water around the house:

  1. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
  2. Wait until you have a full load before using the washing machine or dishwasher
  3. Use cold water rather than hot wherever you can
  4. Take short showers rather than long baths

If you want to go one step further, you could try these:

  1. Water butts for the garden
  2. Low-flow taps
  3. Water efficient shower heads
  4. Water-saving toilets

Read other ways you can save energy around your home.

World Water Week

World Water Week is the most influential movement combatting global water challenges. They run a conference each year to discuss topical water issues and propose solutions to these concerns. This has been running for 30 years and brings together professionals from every corner of the world, who come together to develop solutions for the world’s greatest water-related challenges.

Find out more about World Water Week.

1National Geographic, 2020

2Energy Saving Trust, 2020

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