Save water and save money in your home

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The easiest place for you to start saving water is in your home. By making small changes to your daily habits, you can make a big difference to the amount of water you use.

Our top tips:

  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge so you don’t have to run your tap cold
  • Use a bowl for washing up / rinsing fruit and veg – then use this water for plants   
  • Have a shower instead of a bath
  • Only use your dishwasher or washing machine when you have a full load (this will save money on your energy bills too)
  • Only fill the kettle with as much water as you need (this will save energy too)
  • Fix leaking taps and toilets

Saving water in your home

Do you always take a shower rather than a bath?

TIP: you can cut your shower time (saving even more water) by using a shower timer.

If you have a mixer shower, have you fitted a ShowerSense device?

 

Do you always use your washing machine or dishwasher with a full load and on the ‘eco’ setting?

TIP: newer appliances can use as much as 50% less water and energy than older models

If you have a mixer shower, have you fitted a ShowerSense device?

 

Do you always use your washing machine or dishwasher with a full load and on the ‘eco’ setting?

TIP: newer appliances can use as much as 50% less water and energy than older models

 

Do you use a glass when you clean your teeth and a plug in the basin for washing?

 

Do you make sure that you don’t rinse vegetables or wash dishes etc. under a running tap?

 

If you answer ‘yes’ to these questions, you’re on the right track.

If you answer mostly ‘no’, then take a look at our Top Tips for saving water in the home and in the garden for more water saving ideas

Leaks around your home

  • Are all your taps and overflows drip free?
  • Do you know that your underground supply pipe  is not leaking?
  • If you have a meter, do you know how to use it to check for leaks?

If you answer ‘yes’ to these questions, you’re on the right track.

If you answer mostly ‘no’, then take a look at our Top Tips for saving water in the home and in the garden for more water saving ideas

Fine tune your flush

About a third of all the clean drinkable water we use in our home is flushed straight down the loo. There’s a very easy way to reduce this; by using a free Hippo device which can save water every time you flush.

 

Which device do you need for your toilet?

Toilet cistern size

Year fitted

Hippo device

9 litres or more

1991 or earlier

Hippo 9

7.5 litres (or slim-line cistern)

1991-2001

Hippo 7

6 litres or less and dual-flush toilets

2001 or later

No device needed

 

To find out the size of your toilet:

  • Remove the lid and see if the size is marked anywhere inside

  • Flush the toilet and count how long it takes to flush: one litre, two litres, three litres etc. The number you reach when it stops flushing will confirm the size