Water is worth saving

SAVING WATER

Water plays a vital role in our daily lives, from drinking tap water to washing, cooking, cleaning or flushing, we use it virtually every moment, every day. And energy is used to heat water to shower, bath and wash dishes.

Whatever the weather, there are lots of simple steps we can all take in and around the home to save water, save energy and reduce your personal carbon footprint – it’s good for the planet and your pocket.

Thank you for helping to save water and protect this precious resource.

TURN THE TAP OFF WHEN BRUSHING

TAKE SHORTER SHOWERS 

Turning off the tap when brushing your teeth & shaving can save 6 litres a minute and 2,200 litres a year per person.

Showers use the most amount of water in the home (25%). Knocking one minutes off your shower time saves up to 2,400 litres of water and 40kg of CO2 per person, each year.

USE A BASIN TO WASH DISHES

ONLY BOIL WHAT YOU NEED

Remember to wash your dishes in a basin instead of under a running tap to help save not only water but energy too! A tap left running while washing dishes or fruit and vegetable for 10 minutes loses around 60 litres of water which disappears straight down the drain.

Did you know that hot water makes up a fifth of the average household energy bill? Fill the kettle with only the water you need to save water, energy and time waiting for the kettle boil!

ONLY WASH A FULL LOAD 

SPONGE WASH YOUR CAR

Fully load your washing machine and dishwasher and use the eco-setting where possible to save water and energy. Washing clothes at 30 degrees rather than 40 degrees reduces your machine’s energy consumption by 57%

Did you know? A hosepipe can use enough water in 30 minutes to fill five bathtubs. Use a sponge and bucket to wash the car to help save water.

USE A WATERING CAN 

INSTALL A WATER BUTT

Using a watering can instead of a hose and water your plants early in the morning or late in the evening. This way less water will evaporate and more will go to the plant roots. Alternatively, you can fit your hosepipe with a trigger nozzle so it only runs when you need it.

Rainwater is better for your plants as there is more nitrogen in the rain which helps plants thrive. A small Scottish roof collects over 45,000 litres of water each year, that’s more than enough to keep a water butt topped up.

TURN THE TAP OFF WHEN BRUSHING

Turning off the tap when brushing your teeth & shaving can save 6 litres a minute and 2,200 litres a year per person.

TAKE SHORT SHOWERS

Showers use the most amount of water in the home (25%). Knocking one minutes off your shower time saves up to 2,400 litres of water and 40kg of CO2 per person, each year.

USE A BASIN TO WASH DISHES

Remember to wash your dishes in a basin instead of under a running tap to help save not only water but energy too! A tap left running while washing dishes or fruit and vegetable for 10 minutes loses around 60 litres of water which disappears straight down the drain.

ONLY BOIL WHAT YOU NEED

Did you know that hot water makes up a fifth of the average household energy bill? Fill the kettle with only the water you need to save water, energy and time waiting for the kettle boil!

ONLY WASH A FULL LOAD 

Fully load your washing machine and dishwasher and use the eco-setting where possible to save water and energy. Washing clothes at 30 degrees rather than 40 degrees reduces your machine’s energy consumption by 57%

SPONGE WASH YOUR CAR

Did you know? A hosepipe can use enough water in 30 minutes to fill five bathtubs. Use a sponge and bucket to wash the car to help save water.

USE A WATERING CAN 

Using a watering can instead of a hose and water your plants early in the morning or late in the evening. This way less water will evaporate and more will go to the plant roots. Alternatively, you can fit your hosepipe with a trigger nozzle so it only runs when you need it.

INSTALL A WATER BUTT

Using a watering can instead of a hose to water your plants. Did you know? Rainwater is better for your plants as there is more nitrogen in the rain which helps plants thrive. A small Scottish roof collects over 45,000 litres of water each year, that’s more than enough to keep a water butt topped up.

Up for a challenge?

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EFFICIENCY SEE THE SCOTTISH WATER WEBSITE
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