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Top Tips On How To Use Less Water In Your Home

Written by Sustainability

11 Jun 2021

Today is World Water Day. Did you know, each person in the UK uses about 142 litres of water per day with an average annual metered water bill of £427.20?

We rely on water for almost every aspect of our lives - drinking, cooking, and washing to name just a few.

By making some simple changes, you could save many litres of water per day, and save money on your water bills.

Here are our top tips on reducing water wastage at home…

  1. Reduce shower time: Try spending 60 seconds less in the shower. This could save up to 15 litres of water! And remember - on average, a bath consumes 80 litres of water per use, while a shower uses only 46 litres per use.

  2. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. Did you know if you leave the tap running you could waste up to 12 litres of water?

  3. Fill up a jug of drinking water and keep it in the fridge. This way you will always have cold drinking water to hand without wasting water waiting for the tap to run cold.

  4. Fix leaky taps. Every drop counts when it comes to water saving.

  5. Eat fewer water dense foods such as avocados, meat and dairy.

  6. Wash your clothes with a full machine rather than half.

  7. Invest in low flow taps. 

  8. Use water butts to collect rain water to your water plants.

  9. Whilst waiting for your hot water to run, collect the cold and use it to water plants.

 10. Invest in vacuumed assisted toilets. They use as little as 1.5 litres of water per flush in comparison to average dual flush toilets which use four to six litres of water per flush.

 11. When watering your garden, use a watering can rather than a hose pipe.

 12. Use just enough water to submerge your food when boiling potatoes, pasta or other foodstuffs – this will save water and energy.

 13. Use the sink or a washing up bowl when washing up instead of washing your plates and cutlery under a running tap.

 14. If you’re looking for a new home opt for a water efficient one! Redrow’s standard specification includes low-flush toilets, low flow taps, low flow showers and 139L capacity baths. Our standard specification

      delivers a design which outperforms the minimum standard by 16%, saving an extra 20 litres per person per day. 

 15. Get involved with spreading awareness of water wastage through events such as World Water Day!