In the bathroom
You might not be surprised to learn that showers are the biggest source of water going down the drain in the home, while we spend billions each year heating the water for them.
But did you know that spending just one minute less in the shower could save you £35 on your energy bills each year, in a four-person household? If you’ve got a water meter, it’ll save you an extra £30 on your water bills too as you’re using – and paying for – less water!
If you’ve got a family member who likes to take long showers, challenge them to a 4-minute shower. Set the timer for 4 minutes, or find a song that’s about the right length, and challenge them to finish showering before it ends!
Replacing the average shower length in the UK with a 4-minute shower could knock £115 off your annual energy bill, and an extra £100 off your water bill if you’re on a meter. That’s a total saving of £215.
You might also want to consider upgrading your shower head with an energy efficient one. A regulated shower head could save you £55 on your energy bills and an extra £45 on your water bills, if you’re metered.
In the kitchen
Washing our clothes and dishes also accounts for a big chunk of our energy and water use. Fortunately, there are some quick and easy changes every family can make to their washing habits.
Washing your clothes at 30 degrees rather than higher temperatures could save the average household around £14 a year on their energy bills. This is because washing at 30 uses an impressive 57% less electricity than washing at higher temperatures – and your clothes will be just as clean!
In fact, if everyone in the UK switched from higher temperature washes down to 30 degrees, together we could save over £410 million on electricity bills each year.
Another tip for your next wash is to try and fill your washing machine before setting it off. Making sure the machine is full and cutting back your washing machined use by just one run per week could save you £14 a year on your energy bills – and an extra £5 if you have a water meter.