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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)

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