Reduce your summer water usage

13 July 2022

Our top tips for reducing your water usage in the summer.

The British summertime can either go one of two ways: intense sunshine for a prolonged length of time, or continuous rain all summer long. 

With long, hot summers becoming more of the norm, hosepipe bans, like the one in 2022, could become more common. 

What's more, it's important to think about ways in which we can save our water usage. So, here are our top tips for reducing your water usage in the summer;

  1. Take a shower instead of having a bath - On average, baths require roughly 80 litres of water to fill, whereas a 5-6-minute shower uses half the amount of water in comparison.
  2. Reduction in shower time - Heating water accounts for 25% of your energy bills*. So, to reduce your energy costs, taking a quicker shower would help save water and money. 
  3. Purchase a water saving system for your toilet - Your toilet system wastes a large amount of water every time you flush, but the installation of a water saving device in your water cistern could save you between 1-3 litres with every flush.
  4. Having a water butt installed - Fitting a water butt for when the rain eventually returns could be a great way of saving money and reducing your water usage, especially if your garden is full of plants that need to be watered regularly.
  5. Water your plants in the evening – In highs of summer, water is far more likely to be wasted through evaporation. With this, watering your plants in the evening maximises all the water's full effect on your plants.
  6. Stay away from garden sprinklers - Garden sprinklers are notorious for their very high-water usage. On average, using a garden sprinkler will cost between £1.50-£2 an hour,** which could equal a hefty bill over a dry summer. Instead of using a sprinkler, we would recommend re-using water that had previously been used for other tasks around the house.
  7. Don’t forget to turn the tap off whilst brushing your teeth – Turning the tap off whilst you brush your teeth can save you up to 6 litres per minute, and it all adds up!

Here, we have recommended 7 easy tips for you to follow to help reduce your water bill and maximise your water efficiency.


Information sources:

*Wessex Water 2022

**Home Building 2022