It’s estimated that each day Britain ‘showers away’ more than 2,000,000,000 litres of water.
If every household in the UK took just one minute off one shower every day, it would save £215 million on our collective energy bills a year.
Heating water = ¼ of energy bill
Showers are the biggest water user in the house (25%), followed by toilets (22%)
We use the washing machine on average 4.7 times each week.
Clothes washing now accounts for 15% of water we use in our homes.
If everyone in the UK cut one minute off their shower, we could save 660 million litres of water a day.
What can I do?
Switch to a water saving showerhead. Aerated showerheads reduce the flow, but don’t compromise on pressure. They maintain the pressure by mixing in air with water to produce a steady, even spray.
Low flow showerheads reduce the amount of water used, whilst still giving you the feel of a normal shower.
Reduce your shower time – average shower time = 8 minutes, optimum shower time = 4 minutes
Taking an average length shower, with a standard mixer showerhead, still uses less water (64 litres) than a typical bath (80 litres). Taking a 4-minute shower would use less than half the water of a bath (32 litres).
Turn the shower off when applying hair grooming products or shower gel
To help keep track of time try using a shower timer, they help to keep shower times reduced. If everyone used a shower timer we would save enough water to supply 1 million homes every day.
By running your bath by just an inch shorter than usual you can save on average 5 litres of water.
When buying a washing machine, check the label or specifications for water use, the best models will typically use less than 7.5 litres per kg.
Remember to read the manual to find out which cycles are the most water efficient. If you can’t find it at home it will likely be available online
Surveys show that a typical load of washing is usually much less than the maximum capacity of the model, stuff in a few extra shirts to make the most of your loads!
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