Why save water

Helping you save money - and the environment washing hands 3

Did you know....

1) The East of England's rainfall is only half the national average

2) Cambridge is one of the driest parts of this dry region. It has less rainfall than Barcelona

3) Cambridge has a high population density and that population is increasing at a greater rate than many areas of the United Kingdom

All these factors combine to make water a very precious resource, yet so many of us still take water for granted.

The average person in this country uses 150 litres of water in just one day! Every drop has to be abstracted from source, cleaned, treated and piped to our homes or place of work.

The majority is then returned relatively swiftly back to the sewerage system. Just flushing the toilet uses around a third of our daily consumption, while taking a bath can use as many as 80 litres.

In addition to the water we use - we also consume energy each time we heat our water. Did you know approximately 40 per cent of household emissions are caused by heating water in the home? In fact the average family emits the equivalent of two transatlantic flights in carbon through their water consumption each year.

It is obvious the environment cannot go on sustaining an unlimited increase in water demand.

The good news is we can each do our bit to reduce the amount of water and energy we use in our home - helping to save money and the environment at the same time.

Being water efficient doesn't mean being unhygienic. It just means being careful about the resources we use and not wasting them.

In fact, by making a few simple changes to your lifestyle - and reducing the water you use - you could save as much as £200 a year.

Roughly half of these savings would be from your energy bill, so even if you're not on a water meter you could save around £100 a year.

You can find out more about saving water in the home and garden here.

If you are interested in signing up for a free water meter please click here.