By Drain Doctor on 25/05/2016

A recent report by Waterwise has found that 86 per cent of us Brits don’t know how much water we use each day, but 70 per cent of us do take actions to try and save water.  

Our top water saving habits include taking a shower instead of a bath. Bath bathers state that 14 per cent of them are happy to share or re-use bath water!  However, most of us are not aware of how quickly we can start wasting water and how much is easily wasted. For instance, most people will start showers running before they get in. Potentially they are wasting up to sixty litres of water before they begin showering.   

Here are our top tips for saving water and keeping costs down:

Deal with your drips!
A dripping tap wastes at least 5,500 litres of water a year; that's enough water wasted to fill a paddling pool every week for the whole summer. Mending your dripping tap washer could save you over £18 a year.*

Fill up your dishwasher
You are more likely to use less water and energy washing up your dishes using a dishwasher than washing up by hand! But don’t forget to read your manual as your dishwasher is likely to have a number of programmes which give the same clean but use less energy and water. The most efficient way to run your dishwasher is to have it full.

Fridge Water
Keep a jug of water in your fridge so you have access to cold drinking water without having to run the tap.

Washing your veg
Wash your fruit and veg over a bowl rather than a running tap. You can use the collected water your houseplants.

Repair and renew
Make sure you promptly repair or renew leaky pipes. Pipes with breaks or leaks can waste a huge amount of water in a short time.  

If you do find you have drips and leaks you cannot deal with, contact our Drain Doctor experts who will be able to help you.

The 2016 Water Saving Report by Waterwise was commissioned by the British bathroom manufacturer Ideal Standard.