Do you know how much water you use every day?
You may be surprised. On average, customers in our area use around 160 litres per person, every day, compared to the national average of 145 litres.
Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? Well, it’s the same as about 85 large cola bottles (and we wouldn’t recommend drinking that much).
The water that comes out of your tap at home is the same water you see in your local environment. We draw water from streams, rivers and aquifers (underground rock formations that hold water).
We work really hard to take as little water from the environment as we can, but we’re all in this together and we need your help to do this too.
If you haven’t already joined the 200,000+ people who’ve signed up to SOS: Save Our Streams, visit our website and do it now - we’ll give you free water saving gadgets and personalised recommendations to help you save water (which could also save you money off your bills too).
Our top water saving tips for your home
There are lots of easy changes you can make at home to save water.
- Water saving tips for the bathroom
- Shorten your shower – showers use between 5 -15 litres every minute depending on the type of shower you have. Aim for a 4-minute shower. You can order your free shower timer and water saving eco shower heads when you sign up to SOS: Save Our Streams
- If you want to have a bath, don’t overfill it – a full bath uses around 80 litres of water (that’s 40 of those large cola bottles). Why not see if you can even reduce this by an inch?
- Turn off the tap – did you know, you could save over 6,500 litres of water a year just by turning off the tap when brushing your teeth? Imagine if everyone in your home did it too
- If you have a duel flush, use the little button – unless you’re feeling particularly flush, using the half flush button if you have a dual flush toilet can save a lot of water and money off your bills
- If you don’t have a duel flush, pop a cistern device into your loo – adding a cistern bag can save over a litre of water for every flush, which stacks up to saving 5,000 litres a year. This is simply placed into the cistern on any lever handled toilets.
- Water saving tips for the kitchen
- Only use what you need in the kettle – the simplest way to save water and energy (and potentially money off your bills) is by only boiling enough water for your immediate use
- Use a bowl – using a washing up bowl in the sink when washing dishes or vegetables can save a lot of water
- Fix dripping taps – one dripping tap could be wasting over 5,500 litres of water a year. If you need to find an approved plumber visit www.watersafe.org.uk
- Go green – when you’re buying new appliances, make sure to look at the Eco-label for water and energy consumption
- Stack it high – running your dishwasher or washing machine when they’re full uses less water than two half loads.
- Reuse your water – you can use your old washing up water to rinse your recyclables instead of clean water
- Save water whilst washing-up - Did you know using a dishwasher uses less water than washing by hand? Sometimes, your dishwasher needs a helping hand, so to keep your dishes even more sparkly, give the filters and seals a quick clean to make sure your dishwasher stays fresh.
Our top water saving tips for outside
There are lots of easy changes you can make in your garden and outdoor spaces to save water, too.
- Water saving tips for outdoors
- Entranceway: A hose can use up 150 litres of water in 15mins. Instead of water use a firm broom to sweep the porch and driveway.
- Window cleaning: Use rainwater collected in a bucket or water from a water butt to clean the outside windows.
- Car washing: If you wash your car with a bucket and sponge, re-use the water afterwards by pouring the bucket out on the garden and flower beds. Alternatively, you could try a waterless car wash solution and microfibre cloth to brighten up those panels.
- Paddling pools: If you do use a pool, don’t empty the water every day, just top it up. If you treat the water properly when you first fill it up, this will help you keep the water clear for longer cover it up when you’re not using it to reduce evaporation (as this happens even when it’s cool).
- Water saving tips for the garden
- Hang up your hose – this uses as much water in an hour as the average family of 4 uses in a day and a half. If you need to use the hose, use a trigger hose so you can control when water is released.
- Water your plants using a watering can, either early in the morning or during the evening when it is cooler and there is less chance of water evaporating
- A water butt is a great way to collect rainwater, you can use it to water your garden or wash the car
- Cut the grass slightly longer in dry periods to allow the dew to be trapped. Leave the lawn cuttings on the lawn – it will naturally return moisture and nutrients to the soil
- Reset your lawn mower blades to 4cm to encourage dense bushy growth.
- Choose plants that thrive in dry conditions, such as Alyssum, Geraniums, cornflowers French and African Marigolds, Petunias, Aquilegia, Campanula and Heuchera lavender.
- Look for the full sun symbol on the plant labels when buying new plants as this indicates their tolerance to dry conditions.
- Move containers, hanging baskets and pots into shady areas where possible
- If you’re potting up or planting containers, use ones made from plastic, glazed terracotta or wood. These tend to lose less water than bare terracotta
- When potting up your planters use a small amount of gel crystals. They absorb water and can help retain the moisture in the soil
- Bury a short length of pipe into your pot; if you water into the tube the water goes directly to the roots where the plant needs it most
- Use mulches like bark chips or gravel to retain moisture and keep weeds down.
How you can save water and energy at home
We could help you save water, save energy and save money. Book your free Home Water Efficiency Check and one of our friendly expert advisors will visit your home and provide you with personalised recommendations and water saving devices.
If you don't already have one, you can apply for a water meter at any time. Almost 70% of our customers save money when on a water meter.
How much water are you using?
Have you ever wondered just how much water you use every day?
Sign up to saveourstreams.co.uk to see your household exact usage and get your free water saving gadgets. These clever devices will do a lot of the hard work and save water for you without you even knowing it.
Here are some of the free devices we have:
Buffaloo Cistern Bag
Helps to save 1.2 litres of water with every flush.
Eco Shower Head
Can save over 7,000 litres of water per year.
4-minute Shower Timer
Showers can use between 5 -15 litres of water per minute. Aim for a 4 minute shower.