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Saving water

Saving water

In the UK we have less available water per person than most other European countries - but we use more. We would like to encourage you more than ever to use this precious resource wisely.

Using less water not only saves the water but it saves the energy used to clean, pump and heat it. Check out our top tips to find out what you can do to make your share fairer - and cheaper!

The Energy Saving Trust has a new Water Energy Calculator, that helps you find out how much water and energy your household uses.

Top tips

  • Collect rainwater in a water butt or buckets to use in the garden and to wash the car. Discounted water butts are available from
  • Collect the water from the sink you might waste whilst waiting for hot or cold - you can use it to water plants
  • Turn off the tap whilst you’re brushing your teeth
  • Stick to doing only full loads in your washing machine or dishwasher
  • For cold drinks fill a bottle and put it in the fridge rather than run a tap
  • Fit a dual flush converter to your cisterns and/ or ensure they have a Freddie frog, hippo or other water saving device fitted
  • Take a shorter shower. Apply for a free shower aerator from Anglian water (mains showers only)
  • Get a water meter fitted and ensure you are on the best tariff for your family circumstances

For more water saving tips, gadgets available as well as things you can do to make a difference both inside and outside your home please follow the links in the website tab at the top of the page.

Did you know? A running tap uses 6 litres of water a minute, a shower can use anywhere between 9 - 45 litres per minute, a hosepipe uses as much as 1000 litres per hour (Source Waterwise 2009).

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