1. Turn off the taps
Don’t let your water consumption run out of control. Save 6 litres of water a minute by turning off your tap while you brush your teeth. Fix leaky taps too – and stop what could be 60 litres of water going straight down the drain every week.
2. Boil what you need
Save water, money and energy by only boiling as many cups of water as you need.
3. Shower with less
Every minute you spend in a power shower uses up to 17 litres of water . Set a timer on your phone to keep your showers short, sweet and water-saving.
Switching to an efficient shower head will allow you to lather up in less water, which means you’ll save water and cut your bills.
4. Save up your dirty clothes
Washing a full machine load of clothes uses less water and energy than 2 half-loads . This means lower bills as well.
5. Get a low-flush toilet
The average UK household flushes the loo 5,000 times per year . Modern dual-flush systems save huge amounts of water. They use just 6 litres – or 4 with a reduced flush – much less than the 13 litres for each old-style single flush.
If you can’t invest in a new loo, get a water-saving bag for your old-style toilet .
6. Steam your veggies
Steam your food to cut water usage and retain more of the natural nutrients.
If you do boil, try using the leftover water as a tasty stock for soups. Or let it cool and use it to water plants.
7. Time your gardening
Water outdoor plants in the early morning or at the end of the day to stop water immediately evaporating in sunlight and heat. Water the soil so that the liquid goes straight to the roots, where it’s needed.
In a heatwave, animals need water too. Instead of watering your lawn, leave out a water-filled container, like a casserole dish, for birds to drink from and wash. Thirsty bees and other insects will need a saucer or bowl with water and stones in it.
8. No more washing up
Got a dishwasher? Fill it up completely each time you run it and you’ll use less water than you would doing the dishes by hand. Yes, even if you’re using a washing-up bowl. What better excuse to go and have a nice sit down?
Find out more about the most water- and energy-efficient ways to run your appliances from the Energy Saving Trust.
9. Be plumbing prepared
Regularly check your kitchen pipes and the dishwasher hose for slow leaks.
Find out where your household stop valve is and make sure that you can turn it on and off. You’ll thank us if you ever have a burst pipe – because you’ll be able to cut off the flow before it floods the house.
Find a contact number for your water supplier , so that if you find a leak you can let them know and stop water being wasted.