In the bathroom

​Small changes to our bathroom habits can make a big impact on both water and energy usage - saving you money and protecting the planet at the same time. 


Did you know that the bathroom is responsible for over 70% of the water we use every day? The average household also spends around 12% of their total energy bills on heating water, so using less hot water means using less energy as well. We know it’s more important than ever to try and save money on bills, which is why we want to help where we can. Why not try the following ideas to help you get started. 


Showering for just one minute less can help you save over 28,000 litres of water and up to £100 in energy and water bills each year. That's the same as 350 full bathtubs! Taking a shorter shower is one of the best ways you can save water every day, so why not join the shorter shower challenge here.

You can either use a shower timer to start knocking the minutes off your current shower time, or have a go at challenging yourself to be out of the shower by the time your favourite song has finished. The ideal shower time to be aiming for is 5 minutes max. You can find some of our favourite songs that are 5 mins max on Spotify here. ​


Small swaps to save

  • ​Try and catch the water that’s usually wasted when you’re waiting for your shower to warm up in a bucket. You can re-use this to water your plants, wash your car or wash your pets, etc. ​
  • If you have young children, consider using a baby dam or a baby bath buoy to save 56 litres of water per bath – the same as about 186 cups of tea! These are suitable for children aged 3 years and under.​
  • Turning off your tap while brushing your teeth or washing your face can save over 2 full buckets of water per day.​
  • Flush your toilet less frequently to reduce water usage – one flush can use up to 9 litres of water. 


Don’t lose out to a leaky loo

Remember to check your toilet for leaks. Leaky loos can happen without you even knowing and can easily waste up to 400 litres of drinking water every day. To help you find out whether you have a leaky loo, try these simple steps…

  • ​Remove the tank lid and squeeze in a few drops of food colouring​
  • Avoid using or flushing your toilet for at least 30 minutes​
  • Check if you can see any evidence of food colouring in the toilet bowl. If you do, you may well have a leak, but don’t panic, find out what to do next if you have a leaky loo here.