Top 7 effective ways to conserve water at home

Splash into 7 water-saving secrets for a greener home and a happier planet!

Water conservation is a pressing global issue, and every individual can make a significant difference through simple yet impactful actions. Splash into the top 7 practical ways to conserve water in your home, helping you reduce waste, lower utility bills, and contribute to a more sustainable future.

Why is conserving water so important in the UK?

Recent findings reveal a startling projection: by 2030, 7 out of 17 regions in England could face severe water stress, increasing to 12 regions by 2040.  

Despite government efforts to reduce water usage, home consumption has risen by 2% since 2017/18. What's more, most Brits are unaware that they use nearly three times more water than they estimate, averaging at 144 litres per day compared to their perceived 57 litres.  

It's clear: every drop counts and taking action to save water is more vital than ever to protect our future. So, let’s dive into the ways you can make a difference at home.

1. Fix leaks promptly

Addressing leaks in faucets, pipes, and toilets can save litres of water every day. Regularly check for and promptly repair any leaks to prevent unnecessary water loss and avoid inflated water bills.

Check out Water Safe to find out how you can detect a leaking pipe.  

2. Install water-saving fixtures

Upgrade your bathroom and kitchen with water-saving fixtures such as low-flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets. These fixtures use less water without sacrificing performance, helping you conserve water with every use.

Visit Water Wise to find out ways you can upgrade your fixtures to conserve more water.

3. Optimise your irrigation system

Adjust your outdoor irrigation system to minimise water waste. Use drip irrigation or soaker hoses for efficient watering, and schedule irrigation during the early morning or late evening to reduce evaporation.

4. Capture rainwater

Install rain barrels or cisterns to collect rainwater for outdoor use (the Royal Horticultural Society has a great article all about how to do this!). Harvested rainwater can be used for watering plants, washing cars, or cleaning outdoor surfaces, reducing reliance on treated tap water.

5. Practice smart watering habits

Water your lawn and garden only when necessary and avoid overwatering. Use a rain gauge or soil moisture meter to determine when plants need water and adjust watering schedules based on weather conditions and seasonal changes.  

Take shorter showers and turn the tap off when brushing your teeth... and if you’re one of the 1 in 5 people who turns the tap on to drown out you using the toilet – there’s no need for that! Small changes add up.  

6. Reuse household water

Collect and reuse household water from activities such as washing dishes, rinsing fruits and vegetables, and bathing. Use this "grey water" to irrigate plants or flush toilets, reducing overall water consumption.

7. Upgrade appliances

Invest in water-efficient appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines with ENERGY STAR ratings. These appliances use less water and energy per cycle, helping you save water and reduce utility costs over time.

Check out this article by Energy Savings Trust to find out more!


Implementing these practical water conservation strategies can make a significant difference in reducing water consumption and promoting environmental care. Start incorporating these tips into your daily routine and join the movement towards a more water-efficient world.

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