How saving water at home can save energy

In the bathroom

You might not be surprised to learn that showers are the single biggest source of water draining in the home, as we spend billions every year to heat their water.

But did you know that spending a minute less in the shower could save you £35 on your energy bills every year, in a household of four? If you have a water meter it will also save you an extra £30 on your water bills because you use – and pay for – less water!

If someone in your family likes to take long showers, challenge them to take a 4-minute shower. Set the timer for 4 minutes or find a song of the right length and challenge them to finish showering before the end!

Replacing the average shower time in the UK with a 4-minute shower could cut your annual energy bill by £115 and an additional £100 off your water bill if you use a meter. That’s a total saving of £215.

You can also consider replacing your shower head with an energy-efficient shower head. A regulated shower head could save you £55 on your energy bills and an additional £45 on your water bills, if you are metered.

In the kitchen

Washing our clothes and dishes also represents a large part of our energy and water consumption. Fortunately, there are quick and easy changes every family can make to their washing habits.

Washing your clothes at 30 degrees rather than higher temperatures could save the average household around £14 a year on their energy bills. Indeed, washing at 30°C uses 57% less electricity than washing at higher temperatures – and your clothes will be just as clean!

In fact, if everyone in the UK switched to higher temperature washes at 30 degrees, we could together save over £410million on electricity bills every year.

Another tip for your next wash is to try to fill your washing machine before turning it on. Ensuring the machine is full and reducing your washing machine use to just one cycle a week could save you £14 a year on your energy bills – and an extra £5 if you have a drip meter. ‘water.