How to save water at home

It's easier to save water at home than you might think! Read on for five easy ways to cut back on water use for the whole family, starting now!


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Key Steps

  1. Use less water where you can - turn off taps, take showers instead of baths, and reuse water from laundry or washing up to flush the toilet, wash bicycles, or even give plants a drink!
  2. Track your family's water habits - try installing a smart meter or install a sticker chart and get the kids to track when they use water and when they find ways to save it.
  3. Use efficient appliances - washing machines, dishwashers, showers ... they can all use a lot of water if you're not careful. Look for efficient models when shopping.
You don’t have to sacrifice hygiene to save water at home! Use products made to perform quickly and at lower temperatures to ensure your clothes, dishes, and little mess-makers are just as clean, but leave a slightly smaller footprint on the environment.


Simple ways to save water at home

Water usage and energy bills are directly related: every time you use warm or hot water, electricity has been used to heat it! Generating this energy contributes to your carbon footprint on the earth, so it makes sense that every little bit of eco-conscious behaviour helps.

If you’re reading this article, you are likely already a little conscientious of your water usage. No one likes to see water wasted, but there are always methods for improving the ways in which you use water, so give yourself some credit for wanting to learn more! In most cases, water is wasted due to a simple lack of knowledge. In this article, we will give you some easy tips to save water at home to start applying today.

5 ways to save water at home

  1. One of the easiest ways to start saving water at home is to turn off the tap while you’re washing your face, brushing your teeth, or shaving. Use cold water unless hot is necessary.
  2. If your home is full of little scuba divers and mermaids and you’re wondering how to save water at home for kids, have each member of your family replace one bath with a shower every week. You can turn it into a game of efficiency: how fast can they take a proper shower? This can quickly turn bath time into a fun-filled shower game for you and the kids, all the while saving water.
  3. Practice smart dishwasher use: only run the machine when it’s full, and load it in such a way that an eco-wash setting will do the job! Learn more about whether dishwashers help you save water here.
  4. Wherever possible, wash your laundry in colder water and/or with shorter cycles. You needn’t fear a lack of sanitation though – there are products designed specifically for use with cooler temperatures, like the Persil Bio line from Persil (and it comes in eco packaging!).
  5. Recycle the water that’s leftover from washing clothes by hand or hand washing dishes: use it to water plants in the garden, wash the kids’ bikes, or to do a quick mop of the kitchen floor. For more tips on how you can save water while cleaning at home, have a look here.

With these tips to save water at home in mind, try using this tool from the Energy Saving Trust to calculate how much your family is currently using and see what you can do to improve.

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