How saving water can help you save money on your energy bill
Not only are we currently battling an energy crisis, we have also had the driest year so far since 1976 which led to droughts and water restrictions in parts of the UK such as hosepipes bans which has shown that water is a precious resource that can’t be taken for granted. What’s more, many of us may not realise that our water use at home contributes to our energy bills and our household carbon emissions.
How does water link to energy?
Each time we use water, we also use energy to heat the water. An average household will use around 17% of its total energy consumption to heat water.
Using less water, means you will also be using less energy too which is good for both the environment and your energy bills. There’s also all the energy that’s needed to treat, pump and deliver water to each home in the UK.
How to save more water
- Showers are the biggest source of water wastage in the home, while we spend billions each year heating the water for them. Spending just one minute less in the shower could save you £35 on your energy bills each year and £30 on your water bill.
- Another way to use less water in the shower is to change to an energy-efficient shower head which typically reduces the pressure and therefore uses less water.
- Fix leaky taps – Leaking taps are a fairly common issue which can have a big impact over time. For example, if a tap drips 10 times a minute, that equates to around three litres of water wasted a day!
- Washing our clothes and dishes also accounts for a big chunk of our energy and water use. Washing at 30 degrees uses 57% less electricity than washing at higher temperatures which could save the average household around £14 a year on their energy bills.
- Another way to save water in the kitchen is to fill the dishwasher before setting it off and use an eco mode if your dishwasher has one.