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Save water and money

If every one of us used a little less water at home, we could do great things – reduce our impact on our local wildlife and environment, protect supplies for future generations and even save some money!

Only 4% of the clean tap water each person uses every day is for drinking, so we’d like to ask you to think about how you use the rest of it. From washing clothes to showering, flushing the toilet and watering the garden, are there times when you use more than you need?

If you’re on a water meter, using less water can also help you save money, as you only pay for what you use. To find out if you could save money by switching, try our water usage calculator.

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Saving water in the home

If we waste less water, we are more efficient with our water use. This not only saves water but also money through reducing both your water and energy bills. Did you know that just by fixing a dripping tap could save you £18 a year, not to mention 5,500 litres of water from simply flushing down the drain?

Our water saving tips:

Turn off the tap whilst brushing your teeth and save 18 litres per brush

Did you know? – Brushing your teeth with a running tap uses 9 litres of water a minute. Keep to time with one of our free toothy timers.

Make your shower 4 mins long instead of 10 and save 20 litres per shower

Did you know? – Having a typical length shower uses a shocking 62 litres of water. Why not put on your favourite tune and make sure that by the time it’s finished, you’re done too?

Run your washing machine full (rather than half loads) and save up to 10 litres per wash

Did you know? – Washing your clothes with a typical washing machine uses an average of 112 litres of water a week. Save clothes up rather than washing a few at a time.

Steam your veggies instead of boiling them and save on average 500ml of water per saucepan

Did you know? – Steaming vegetables rather than boiling them retains more of their nutrients and uses much less water. Once cooled, that water can also be used on your plants.

Saving water in the garden

Water uses energy to be pumped, heated and treated, so why not try using rainwater instead of your tap water to wash your car, water your plants and other garden/outdoor activities? Better still, get a water butt or put buckets out to catch rainwater for drier days.

Use the water from your washing up, shower and even your bath on the garden and save up to 20 litres per 2.5 meters of garden, per water session.

Did you know? – This type of water is known as ''grey' water and despite containing detergents, is ok to use on plants thanks to the soil's ability to filter out what it doesn't want. In fact, the detergents can even act as a mild fertiliser.

Tip: Get a water butt and use rain water instead of your garden tap and save thousands of litres a year

Did you know? – In an average year in the UK, we see 1200 mm of rain fall. That's equivalent to thousands of litres. Collected in a water butt with a lid to stop leaves and insects, this water is perfect for use on the garden and even for cleaning your car with.

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Resources

Useful resources & further reading

You can find more useful tips on how to save water on the Consumer Council for Water’s (CCWater) and Waterwise websites.

Save Water Save Money

Here at Bristol Water, we are always trying to encourage our customers to drink more water and waste less of it. Therefore, we like to give away lots of free water-saving devices to help you waste less water. And if you are on a meter, it will also save you money!

Switch to a water meter

Switching to have a water meter may bring your bills down, especially if you have more bedrooms than people living in your property. Both your water and sewerage charges will be calculated on the meter readings. Fitting will normally be free of charge.