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New guidance urges organisations to commit to water efficiency

10 December 2012

Waterwise and Energy Saving Trust have joined forces to develop guidance on joint water and energy efficiency delivery in the UK.

The aim of the guidance is to encourage water companies and Green Deal / ECO providers to work in partnership on joint energy and water efficiency delivery for UK householders.  

Water use in the home on average accounts for 23% of domestic heating bills, about 13% of a home’s total energy bill.  This equates to about £160 per year on the average energy bill per year, highlighting why water efficiency in energy saving programmes should now be considered core business.

With the Green Deal and ECO approaching, both organisations emphasise the important role that water efficiency has to play in any energy efficiency delivery scheme. The Guidance was developed with input from water, energy and housing sector stakeholders, and quantifies that water efficiency will result in household energy bill and carbon savings.  The Guidance aims to help Green Deal / ECO schemes achieve the following: 

  • Integrate water devices in energy efficiency installation in homes - to further reduce household energy bills and carbon emissions for scheme providers
  • Increase the amount and quality of customer engagement on water use and potential savings - helping people save water through behaviour, which is as important as installing water-efficiency measures
  • Increase the in-home delivery of water-saving devices for the water sector – increasing resilience to climate change (and potentially cutting water bills too, where a home is metered for water)

The Guidance also outlines the device options and advice content which can help improve sustainable water use, while also saving money on family energy bills. 

The full guidance document is available on the Waterwise website.

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