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Save water in your home with our top 10 tips


In need of some advice on how you can save water? Many rivers in England and Wales are at risk of drying out. More and more water is being taken out for use in homes, businesses and farms, leaving not enough for wildlife to survive. But we can all play our part in protecting our beautiful rivers, including in our homes.

River Itchen chalk stream in Hampshire, UK. © Andrew Parkinson / WWF-UKRiver Itchen chalk stream in Hampshire, UK. © Andrew Parkinson / WWF-UK

Here are our top 10 tips on how you can save water:

1. Free water saving devices

Contact your water company for free water saving devices. Devices can range from shower timers and tap inserts, to shower heads and a cistern displacement device for your toilet.

2. Install a free water meter

Ask your water company to install a free water meter. Knowing what you use is the first step in helping save water usage, especially as a quarter of all leaks are on a householder’s property. You could even save money – and if you don’t, you have the right to go back to your previous flat-rate charge.

3. Download an app on how to save water

Water saving apps for your smartphone can help you figure out how much water you’re using and how to stop using so much. Just search for ‘water efficiency’.

4. Turn off the tap

Did you know that turning off the tap while brushing your teeth could save 13 litres of water a day? If the entire adult population of England and Wales remembered to do this, we could save 180 mega litres a day – enough to supply nearly 500,000 homes and fill 180 Olympic swimming pools!

5. Take a minute off your shower

Cutting a minute off your shower can save seven litres of water every time. Plus it saves you time in the morning, so it’s a win-win!

Water flowing from a shower head © Istockphoto.com / WWF-CanadaWater flowing from a shower head © Istockphoto.com / WWF-Canada

6. Stop the drip

A dripping tap can waste more than 3,000 litres of water a year. Make sure you turn off taps fully, or fix drips, and your household could save nine litres of water every day.

7. Fill up your washing machine

A washing machine uses 55 litres of hot water per cycle. Ensure your machine is full before putting it on. Reducing hot water use could save 58 litres a week and up to £80 on your annual energy bill.

8. Think twice about the hosepipe

Running a hosepipe for an hour uses 1,000 litres of water. Shocked? We know! But using a watering can instead can save you 25 litres for every 15 minutes you spend watering the garden. If you do need to use a hosepipe, at the very least make sure it’s fitted with a trigger nozzle – many water companies provide these for free.

9. Limit the flower pots

Baskets and pots for your plants need a lot of watering, whereas plants in the ground benefit from groundwater. As well as limiting baskets and pots, consider shading and position too.

10. Get a water butt

A water butt is a large barrel used for catching and storing rainwater. Used correctly, you’ll have plenty of water to look after your garden. And if you do need to water your garden, do it in the evening to reduce losses from evaporation.

Help WWF demand more protection for rivers

Tackling water usage in the home is just one of many ways we can help protect our rivers. We’re calling on the UK Government to address the impact of pollution and over-use of our rivers. Please help us demand urgent action.

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