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As the World Cup kicks off, Cambridge Water is encouraging its customers to score their own special hat-trick next week.

 

Saving energy, saving money and being green can all be accomplished by achieving one simple goal – saving water.

The three reasons to save water are being highlighted to customers as part of Water Saving Week which runs from June 12-18.

The week, which is supported by Defra, seeks to raise awareness of the benefits of water saving at home, in businesses and in schools.

Stephen Kay, managing director for Cambridge Water said: “Climate change, the greenhouse effect and global warming are on everyone’s agenda, but water saving has not received the attention it deserves. The objective of Water Saving Week is to help water users to rethink their attitude to water and realise the importance of being ‘water wise’.”

Save energy

One of the easiest ways to save energy is to cut down on the amount of hot water we use in our homes.

The average family emits the equivalent of two transatlantic flights in carbon through their water consumption each year. Domestic hot water accounts for five per cent of UK greenhouse gas emissions. By cutting down on your hot water wastage you really can reduce your carbon footprint.

For example, every minute you spend in the shower, you use approximately 10 litres of water. This water has to be treated and pumped by the water company to and from your house, a process which uses 240kwh of energy per family per year.

Save money

If you want to save money consider getting a water meter fitted. Your charges for water will then be based on the amount of water you use, rather than being a fixed amount each year based on the rateable value (RV) of your property.

Any financial benefits depend on how much you pay now, the number of occupants in the property and how much water you use. As a rule of thumb, if there are more bedrooms than people, you could be better off on a meter, but you can use the water meter calculator on our website to be sure.

People already on a meter can then benefit from installing water efficient devices that cut down on water consumption. For example, Cambridge Water supplies hippos or hogs free to all its customers on request. These are simple devices that reduce the capacity of the toilet cistern, therefore using less water per flush. 

Be green

Using less water to help you save energy and money also means you are being greener by cutting down on CO2 emissions and reducing the amount of water that has to be abstracted from the environment.

10 top tips for saving water:

1) Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth, shave or wash. This can save up to six litres of water per minute.

2) Fix dripping taps. A dripping tap can waste up to 15 litres of water a day, or almost 5,500 litres per year. Replace worn washers for a quick and cheap way of saving water. 

3) Get a FREE Hippo or Hog. Cambridge Water supplies hippos or hogs free to all its customers on request. These are simple devices that reduce the capacity of the toilet cistern, therefore using less water per flush. To request a free hippo or hog please visit our website.

4) When replacing your toilet, dishwasher or washing machine look for water efficient models.

5) Take a shower instead of a bath. Conventional showers use approximately 45 litres of water, compared to a bath which uses, on average, 80 litres of water.

6) Wait until you have a full load before switching dishwasher and washing machines on. Visit our website for a wide range of water efficient appliances.

7) Use the minimum amount of water required when you boil water in saucepans and kettles; that way you'll save energy as well as water

8) Wash vegetables and fruit in a bowl rather than under a running tap. The water collected might even be used for watering pot plants

9) The average hosepipe can use as much as 1000 litres an hour. Consider using a bucket or watering can instead.

10) Purchasing a water butt now can help you stockpile rainwater in time for summer gardening. As well as helping you save money on your bill, rainwater is also better for plants than tap water.

 

For more water saving tips visit www.cambridge-water.co.uk

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