Whether it’s to save money on your bills or to play your part in saving the planet, we’re all aware that trying to save water is important. The average person in the UK uses 149 litres of a water a day, but we can all do our bit to reduce this usage on a personal level.
In order to celebrate water and raise awareness of the global water crisis, we’ve created this guide on ways to save water at home – especially in your bathroom. From turning off the tap when brushing your teeth to filling the kettle with only as much water as you need, here are some top water-saving tips for you to consider.
Why do we need to save water?
There’s no denying that there is a global water crisis, and climate change is one of the biggest drivers of water shortages. People in England will face significant water shortages by 2050 unless we save water fast , and while the problem may seem far beyond our control, there are micro changes that you can make in your day-to-day life that will play a small part in helping to solve a big problem.
As well as benefitting the environment, saving water can also save you money if you’re on a metered water supply. Even if you don’t have a meter, cutting down on the amount of hot water you use will have a positive impact on your gas and electricity bills.
How can you save water in your home?
Follow our easy tips for saving water at home, both around the house and in your bathroom.
1. Save up dirty laundry
Washing a full load of clothes uses less water and energy than two half loads, so wait until you have a full load before putting on a wash.
2. Only boil what you need
A cup of tea is a daily (if not hourly) ritual in many UK homes, and you can save water, money and energy by only boiling the water you need every time you make a cuppa.
3. Reduce food waste
It takes a lot of water to produce our food, from meat and dairy products through to cereals and vegetables. UK households waste 4.5 million tonnes of food each year that could have been eaten. Reducing your food waste will help to save water, and the average family with children could also save £700 each year.
4. Catch rain water
Keep your plants happy year-round by catching rainwater in a water butt. The average water butt stores about 200 litres of water, and plants will enjoy a soaking from rainwater rather than treated tap water.
5. Stack the dishwasher
Whether dishwashers or handwashing uses less water is a common discussion in house shares and cohabitations, but we can settle that argument by confirming that dishwashers are the winners when it comes to saving water. Fill it up completely each time, and you’ll use three to four times less water than if you were washing the same dishes by hand.
Ways to save water in the bathroom
Showers, baths, toilets and bathroom sinks are responsible for 68% of household water consumption , but there are plenty of ways to save water in the bathroom.
1. Turn off taps
A running tap uses up to nine litres of water every minute, so turn your tap off while brushing your teeth to save water. Fix leaky taps too, as a dripping tap could waste up to 5,500 litres of water each year.
2. Switch showerheads
As well as improving your showering experience, changing your showerhead can also help to save water and money. Many eco showerheads are so effective that you won’t notice a difference in pressure, but you’ll be doing your bit to save the planet.
Here are four of our eco showerheads to consider:
- Beat Eco Four Spray showerhead – this can save up to 85% more water compared to a standard shower head. The flow regulator limits flow to 6 litres per minute, and it’s compatible with all shower hoses and mixer showers.
- Nectar Eco Four Spray showerhead – this can also save up to 85% more water and still deliver a luxurious shower experience thanks to four sprays and a 90mm spray face. The flow regulator limits flow to 6 litres per minute.
- Nectar Eco Single Spray showerhead – saves 85% more water compared to standard showerheads. This shower has one spray mode, and also boasts an integrated flow regulator that limits flow to 6 litres per minute. While this showerhead can fit to both electric and mixer showers, we recommend that it is only used with mixer showers, and not electric showers, as it is more effective this way.
- Miniduo BIR with Eco Showerhead – this single-spray mini fixed showerhead features an integrated flow regulator and work on all systems and pressures, even at low pressure.
Our eco showerheads are best suited to high-pressure mixer showers or pumped gravity tank fed showers. If you have a power shower and are still looking to save water, then we would recommend simply adjusting your flow setting and turning it down, rather than purchasing an eco showerhead.
3. Spend less time in the shower
Reducing the amount of time that you spend in the shower is a simple and effective way of watching your water usage. We surveyed the nation and discovered that 40% of us shower for leisure reasons – whether it’s to relax, escape reality or for pure enjoyment. Women typically spend 8 minutes showering, and men spend 7 minutes, but we recommend spending just 4 minutes showering to save water and money. If every home in the UK took one minute off their shower every day, we would save £215 million on our energy bills as a nation each year.
4. Reduce your number of baths
The average bath uses significantly more water than the average shower – 80 litres vs 60 litres  – so by reducing your number of baths each week, and taking shorter than average showers, you could greatly reduce your water usage.
5. Get a low-flush toilet
Old-style single-flush toilets use 13 litres of water for each flush. Modern dual-flush toilets use just 6 litres for a full flush, or 4 litres for a reduced flush. If you can’t invest in a new toilet just yet, you can install a cistern displacement device to reduce the volume of water used for each flush. You should be able to get one from your water provider.
6. Upgrade your shower
As well as your showerhead, upgrading your shower system can have a positive impact on your water consumption. Our digital showers feature an eco pre-set which has a low flow of 8 litres/minute and a 5-minute timer. Our new Mira Shower App can also help you be more mindful when it comes to water usage – you can see how long your showers last and how much water you’re using through our precise tracking system. This not only makes it easier to track bills, but also to help the environment.
A few small changes in your bathroom and throughout the home can help you to save water. In doing so, you’ll not only be saving money, you’ll also be helping to tackle the global water crisis. Explore our full range of showerheads and digital showers, and read our guide to showerheads to find the best style for your water system and showering preferences.