Water saving tips

Saving water doesn't mean we have to cut down on our cuppas or wear our socks two days on the trot, but there are lots of ways we could all use a little less water around the home and garden whilst also saving energy.


Did you know 46% of people think their household uses under 20 litres a day? In fact, the average person in our region uses 136 litres of water per day! Let’s work together to save more water for our environment, wildlife and future generations.

In the bathroom

More than 70% of our daily water use is in the bathroom - and this doesn’t include leaky taps or toilets! Explore our top tips for saving water in the bathroom:

  • Take the shorter shower challenge and keep your showers to just 5 mins max - showering for just one minute less saves around 10 litres of water and £8 in energy costs per year. And if we all cut our showers to just 5 minutes, our region could save nearly 200million litres of water every single day - that's like leaving a tap running for 60 years.
  • A typical household spends 12% of it’s energy bill on heating water. So using less hot water will save water, energy and your carbon footprint.​
  • Turning the tap off when brushing your teeth and washing your face will save you more than 2 full buckets of water a day.
In the kitchen

There are many ways you can use less water in the kitchen and save carbon and money too. Some of our top tips include:

  • Washing your clothes on a full load will save you 10 litres every time
  • A running tap uses 15 litres every minute – so why not try washing your fruit and vegetables in a bowl of fresh water.
  • Use every space in your dishwasher before putting it on - each cycle can use 15 litres of water.
In the garden

Your garden needs a lot of love and care, so why not explore our handy water saving tips for your garden that will save time, water and money.

You can read more about our nature friendly gardening tips which can help wildlife and pollinators do their jobs whilst reducing the use of chemicals and keep pests at bay – all in an easy and environmentally friendly way.

Planting sustainably in your garden will not only help tackle climate change by reducing the amount of water you use and your carbon emissions, but it will also provide habitats for wildlife to flourish. Read more about how you can plant sustainably by using the right plants in the right place to help keep your garden green.

How we’re saving water ​

Water is precious, so here at Anglian Water we work hard to make sure there is enough to go around for both today and tomorrow. Find out how we’re saving and sourcing water responsibly here. ​


Take our quiz to see what kind of water user you are, and if you know the top tips to save water at home. Just by making a few small changes and being wiser with the water you use you could save money off your water and energy bill. You'll also be doing your bit for the environment.

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This interactive guide will help you save water and energy around your home.

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