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Waterwise estimate that about 63% of the water we use in our homes is used in bathrooms - flushing toilets, brushing teeth and washing.
Modern dishwashers are much more water efficient than earlier models. In fact, Waterwise have calculated that efficient models can use less water than washing dishes by hand.
Only run your dishwasher when it is full - and select an Eco setting if you can. Many dishwashers have a quick wash option that can be surprisingly effective if the plates are not too dirty!
Look for a high energy efficiency rating for your next dishwasher. Water efficiency is assessed as well as electricity use. If you wash dishes by hand, use a washing up bowl rather than leaving the hot tap running.
The Energy Saving Trust have estimated that this simple change could cut heating bills by £34 and metered water bills by £25 every year for a four person household.
Wash vegetables in a washing up bowl. You can then pour the water onto the garden rather than letting it go to waste.Waterwise estimate that about 63% of the water we use in our homes is used in bathrooms - flushing toilets, brushing teeth and washing.
Only run the washing machine when you have a full load. Half load settings on washing machines often use more than half the electricity and water of a full load. Choose a model with a high energy efficiency rating for your next washing machine. Water efficiency is assessed as well as electricity use.
When choosing a new washing machine, assess its capacity. A couple or single person are likely to want to run smaller loads than a family - so choosing a smaller capacity machine, will mean waiting less time for a full load to build up!
Keep a jug of cold water in the fridge. This means you won't have to wait for the tap to run cold - which Waterwise estimate can waste 10 litres of water per day
Choosing your next kitchen appliances carefully can help to reduce your home's water use as well as keeping electricity bills under control.
B&Q's One Planet Home® programme is an award winning environmental scheme that has been designed to help our customers to make greener choices for their homes and to ensure that our business operates sustainably and responsibly.