Water use in the South East

Water is being wasted and needs to be conserved according to new research from The Energy Saving Trust.

Tips on how to save water and energy

The Energy Saving Trust is urging people in the South East to follow three tips to save water and energy, without impacting on their lifestyle.

They say, an average South East household could save £22 on their energy bills each year, with metered households saving an additional £13 on their water bills by;

  • Showering smarter - installing an eco-shower head to a mixer or power shower, which 49 per cent of households may be eligible to
  • Turning it down - washing clothes at 30C, saving 40 per cent on a wash at 50-60C
  • Budgeting your brews – boil only the water you need when you fill the kettle

Reducing water use can cut costs, says trust

When people think of energy use they think of heating and lighting, running electrical appliances or filling the car with petrol. It’s all too easy to turn on the tap and not think about the consequences.

But there is an environmental and energy cost attached to water which many people do not consider. On average, hot water use contributes £228 to the average annual combined energy bill.

By reducing the amount of water – that we use, we can cut down on the energy demands of our lifestyles, which have changed radically over the last 50 years."

– Andrew Tucker, Energy Saving Trust

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Homes in the South East 'waste' water every day

Water is being wasted according to a new study Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

People are pouring millions of pounds down the drain by wasting water every day, according to a new study.

Despite constant drought warnings and summers of hose pipe bans, the Energy Saving Trust says, homes in the South use 1.3 billion litres of water every day. They say with a few life style changes that amount could be dramatically reduced and energy bills cut.