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Saving water in everyday life

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Water is the most important natural resource in our lives. We don’t just need water for drinking and washing, we need it to produce our food, clothes and much more. However, it takes a lot of energy to treat water and pump it into our homes.

Not only this, after the water has reached our homes, heating it up uses lots of energy too. Did you know that hot water accounts for 12% of the average household energy bill?

It is more important than ever to learn how to reduce our water usage and why it’s useful to do so. There are lots of simple and practical ways to save water, energy and money in your everyday life. Here are some small steps you can take to help save water and help make a positive impact on the climate from your home.

Fill up your appliances

Make the most out of the energy and water you’re using by fully loading your dishwasher and washing machine. Making sure they are full before you start a cycle can reduce the water you use over time.

Stop the drips

Did you know that leaks can waste 5,500 litres a year? One of the simplest water saving tips is to stop taps from dripping. You can do this by changing washers when they wear out.

Try out a tap aerator

Tap aerators fit onto your existing tap and reduce the flow of water to save water. An aerator could help you reduce your carbon emissions by 97kg CO2 per year!*


Cutting back on the amount of water you use helps to make a positive impact on the environment. You can find out more about the importance of saving water on the Scottish Water website.

You can read more about Scottish Water and Home Energy Scotland working in partnership to help householders reduce their energy bills and the benefits of saving water in our blog.

If you have any questions about how to save water at home or would like some extra tips, we are here to help. You can speak to one of our friendly advisors by calling us free on 0808 808 2282 or completing our contact form to request an email.


*Based on hot water savings