Reducing water consumption is essential if you’re looking to save money on your bills or be kinder to the planet. The average person in the UK uses 149 litres of water daily, but we can all do our bit to reduce this figure. Discover the best ways to save water in our guide by making a few minor changes to your daily routines.
Why is water conservation important?
There’s no denying the global water crisis, and climate change is one of the biggest causes of water shortages. While the issue may seem far beyond our control, we could help solve the bigger problem by making minor changes to our water consumption.
As well as benefitting the environment, saving water can save money on bills if you have a metered water supply. Even if you don’t have a meter, reducing the amount of hot water you use will positively impact your gas and electricity costs.
Top 12 water-saving tips
From turning off the tap while brushing your teeth to only filling the kettle with the water you need, these are our top 12 water-saving tips.
Wash laundry in larger loads
Whilst an overflowing washing basket looks unsightly, wait until you have enough laundry for a full load before putting on a wash. Washing a full load of clothes uses less water and energy than two half loads.
Only boil what you need
Drinking tea and coffee is a daily ritual in many households, but you don’t have to cut back on how many cups you drink to help the planet. Instead, only boil the water you need each time, preventing water, energy and money from being wasted!
Reduce food waste
It takes a lot of water to produce our food, from meat and dairy products to cereals and vegetables. By reducing food waste, you can help to save water. You’ll also save money on food shopping by using everything you’ve bought.
Collect rainwater for plants
You can keep your plants happy and healthy without using excess water by catching rainwater in a water butt. The average water butt stores around 200 litres of water, so you won’t have to worry about running out. Plus, plants prefer rainwater to treated tap water!
Fill the dishwasher
Although dishwashers are often considered less energy-efficient than hand washing your dishes, they are much better at saving water. Providing you fill your dishwasher each time, you’ll use three to four times less water than washing those dishes by hand.
Turn off taps
Running taps uses more water than you might think, so turning them off while brushing your teeth is an easy way to save water. If you notice a leaky tap, fix it immediately, as a dripping faucet can waste enormous amounts of water and increase your bills.
Spend less time showering
Reducing the amount of time you spend in the shower is a simple and effective way to curb water usage. Whilst it’s tempting to indulge in a long, relaxing shower after a busy day or spend more time washing your hair, we recommend showering for four minutes to save water and money. If you enjoy listening to music whilst you shower, check out our water-saving shower playlist with plenty of great four-minute songs to help you keep track of time.
Get a low-flush toilet
Old-style single-flush toilets use almost double the amount of water as modern dual-flush toilets. If you can’t invest in a new toilet, 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.
Have fewer baths
The average bath uses significantly more water than the average shower. Reducing the number of baths you take each week and switching to showers could dramatically reduce your water usage.
Upgrade your shower
As well as changing your showerhead, upgrading your shower system can reduce water consumption. Our digital showers feature an eco mode with a low flow rate and a five-minute timer. The Mira Showers app can also help you be more mindful when it comes to water usage, showing you how long your showers last and tracking how much water you’re using.
Replace your showerhead
As well as improving your showering experience, investing in a new showerhead can help save water and money. These are four of the best eco showerheads from Mira:
- Mira Beat Eco Four Spray showerhead – You’ll save up to 85% more water than a standard showerhead with this model. The flow regulator limits flow to six litres per minute and is compatible with all shower hoses and mixer showers.
- Mira Nectar Eco Four Spray showerhead – This model can save up to 85% more water than standard showerheads and has an integrated flow regulator. Thanks to the large four spray face, you’ll also get a more luxurious showering experience.
- Mira Nectar Eco Single Spray showerhead – Like its four-spray counterpart, this model saves 85% more water than standard showerheads. With one spray mode and an integrated flow regulator, this showerhead can be fitted to both electric and mixer showers.
Our eco showerheads are best suited to high-pressure mixer showers or pumped gravity tank-fed showers. If you have a power shower and want to save water, we recommend turning down the flow setting instead.
Explore our showerhead guide to find the best style for your water system and showering preferences.