Did you know that just one drip per minute can cost you 0.545 Litres of water per day? That’s 16.35 Litres per month and a whopping 199 Litres per year! *
Reducing the amount of hot water you use will cut the amount of energy you use, in turn helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Approximately 72% of carbon emissions are released from heating, according to Anglian Water.
Running your hot water for just five minutes can use enough energy to power a 60-watt bulb for 14 hours.
Cutting back on your hot water use can save you money too. Heating water is accountable for approximately 25% of the average British householder’s energy bills.
Here are our top 10 tips to help you save…
- Check for leaks
A dripping tap loses more water than you think - that also goes for those discreet leaking hot water pipes. Not only are you wasting water and energy, the associated cost can mount up. With the possibility of one drip a minute using nearly 200 litres of water per year, the costs can quietly rise.
- Time your showers
Try cutting your shower time by one minute! Figures from Energy Saving Trust indicate that you could save £15 in energy bills and a further £15 in water bills (if metered), per person, per year. For a four-person household, that’s a saving of £120.
- Showers v baths
It may seem obvious, but the volume of water you can save by taking a shower can be significant. Team this up with timing your showers, to make real savings. The Energy Saving Trust state that a family of four can save up to £20 a year on gas bills if one bath a week per person is replaced with a five-minute shower.
- Turn off
Consider filling the sink to wash your face or shave instead of letting the water pour away, and always turn it off between uses rather than letting it pour freely.
To avoid losing energy or heat from your water unnecessarily, ensure your pipes are sufficiently insulated, and your cylinder is not installed in a cold space. All pipes carrying your hot water supply should be considered too.
- Low-flow features
There are many low-flow accessories available to use around your home. You can fit shower heads and taps with flow restrictors with little noticeable difference to the user, resulting in instant savings. According to the Energy Saving Trust, replacing an inefficient shower head in a four-person property could save you around £65 in gas bills, and £100 in water bills if you’re on a meter.
- Be efficient with your dishes
Just a small change such as buying a washing up bowl, instead of filling a full sink or letting your hot tap pour, can lead to further savings.
- Service your hot water cylinder
Unvented hot water cylinders require annual servicing for compliance with most warranty terms; however, servicing them can also save you hot water. Keep your unit running as efficiently as possible to avoid unnecessary loss of energy.
- Consider a new cylinder
Since 2010 the government has produced minimum heat loss figures that all manufacturers must adhere to, so if your hot water cylinder is over 10 years old it may not be compliant with these new regulations. Check the age of your unit, a swap for a more energy efficient cylinder could benefit you! When purchasing, check out the Energy-related Products (ErP) rating; the closer to A-rating, the more efficient the product.
- Use your dishwasher
You might be surprised to hear that your dishwasher can be more energy efficient and save more water than washing your dishes by hand! Not only this, most dishwashers in the UK are cold water fed, therefore not depleting your hot water store. To ensure you benefit from the water savings (if you’re metered) and energy bills, just make sure your dishwasher is full!
* calculations made by ‘Leak Calculator’