Save water (and energy) in the home

There are plenty of easy ways to save water without drastically changing your lifestyle. We have compiled a list of top tips to help you save water, and many of them can also reduce your energy bills.

Save in the kitchen

  • Use a full dishwasher or washing machine

    Avoid using the half-load settings on dishwashers and washing machines. They use more than half the energy and water of a full load. Fill them up.
  • Steam your vegetables

    Steaming veg not only saves water, but retains more nutrients in your food. Leftover water can then be used to feed the plants.
  • Reuse glass and mugs

    Use the same glass, mug or cup to drink out of all day to reduce the water you use washing up. But don’t cut down on the amount of water you drink!
  • Left-over ice cubes

    If you have left-over drinking water or ice cubes, don’t pour them down the sink, give your plants a drink instead.
  • Run your taps less

    Don’t run the tap until the water’s cool – keep a jug of water in the fridge for instantly cold drinks instead. Try adding fruit or mint for some flavour.
  • Use fewer pots/pans and utensils

    Use fewer pots/pans and utensils when cooking. The less you use, the less water needed to wash up.
  • Only boil what you need

    Only boiling the kettle for exactly what you need is an easy way to save around £50 a year.

Save in the bathroom

  • Consider taking shallower baths

    Reducing your baths by just a third can save around £170 a year.
  • Rinse your razor in the sink

    Instead of running the tap whilst shaving, fill the sink up instead to rinse your razor.
  • Turn taps off whilst brushing teeth

    A tap left running wastes about six litres of water every minute. You could save almost £30 a year on your water bill and a family of four could save over £100.
  • Shorten your shower

    If everyone in a family-of-four shaved two minutes off their daily shower, the household could save almost £280 a year on water and energy costs.
  • Shower to your favourite songs

    If you love singing in the shower, why not combine it with our 2 minute shower song challenge? Time yourself in the shower to your favourite songs.
  • Install water-saving shower heads

    Installing a water-saving shower head can cut the amount of water you use by about 30% per shower. Water companies will offer advice and even water efficiency devices to help you save water.

Fix your leaks

Check for leaks

Bills going up? You may have a leak. Check for damp inside or green patches outside and contact your supplier for what to do next.

Replace worn washers on leaky taps

Fix dripping taps – they can waste enough water in a year to fill a child’s paddling pool every week of the summer.

Want to save water in the garden?

See our tips to save water in the garden