According to the report the largest percentage of home water use takes place in the shower, where more than two billion litres of water are used daily. Toilet flushing also accounts for a large amount of water consumption, with enough water to fill 300,000 Olympic swimming pools flushed every 24 hours.
Three quarters of respondents admitted to boiling more water than needed to make a cup of tea. With most people putting on the kettle every day, and 40% doing so more than five times, reducing the amount of water used could save the nation £68m per year.
Easy energy saving measures
There are a number of cheap and practical ways to conserve water. Cutting down shower time by just one minute would save UK households £215m on energy bills. The installation of an eco-showerhead, which is already present in a quarter of British homes, would also further reduce costs.
Dual flush toilets are another potential energy saving solution for consumers. This variation of the traditional flush toilet allows users to flush different volumes of water. The system has already been adopted by four out of ten households.
With 22% of water consumption taking place in the kitchen this space contains several opportunities to make savings. Using a bowl when hand washing dishes ensures hot water does not go down the drain after barely touching a plate. Larger households could save water by using a modern dishwasher and making sure it is full when switched on.
Changing attitudes to water consumption
Andrew Tucker, water strategy manager at Energy Saving Trust, said: “When people think of energy use they think of heating and lighting, running electrical appliances or filling the car with petrol.
“It’s all too easy to turn on the tap and not think about the consequences. But there is an environmental and energy cost attached to water which many people do not consider. On average, hot water use contributes £228 to the average annual combined energy bill. It’s clear that we are all using more water-consuming appliances regularly, especially showers, but that doesn’t mean we’re powerless to control our water use.”