Overfilling kettles 'waste £68m'

Three-quarters of British households are wasting £68 million a year by overfilling the kettle, according to a new report by the Energy Saving Trust Foundation. It says small changes to the way we use water could result in big savings on energy bills.

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Quick facts on Britain's water use

A study of 86,000 British homes by the Energy Saving Trust Foundation found the following:

  • Hot water use contributes £228 to the average annual combined energy bill
  • Britons shower 4.4 times a week and take 1.3 baths on average
  • The average shower lasts 7.5 minutes. Cutting a minute off that time could save households £215 million each year.
  • Just over a fifth of household water is used by kitchen appliances such as dishwashers, kettles, taps and washing machines
  • 95% of people boil the kettle every day while 75% of people overfill

(Energy Saving Trust Foundation)

Report: Britons could cut energy bills by saving water

Three-quarters of British people overfill their kettle Credit: Edmond Terakopian/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Three-quarters of British households are wasting £68 million a year by overfilling the kettle, according to a new report.

The study by the Energy Saving Trust Foundation found that many small changes to the way we use water could result in big savings on energy bills.

Some of the areas where the biggest savings could be made are by reducing time spent in the shower and by using a modern dishwasher rather than washing by hand.

Read more of the energy and water saving tips here

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