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UK heatwave: 5 top tips for saving water

Changing the way you use your appliances could help prevent restrictions

With the recent run of warm weather predicted to carry on for several weeks, water companies are encouraging customers to save water in an effort to prevent a hosepipe ban.

Parts of Ireland are facing water restrictions, and the effects of the recent heatwave have already begun to impact some areas of the UK, too, with drops in water pressure being experienced in parts of the north-west.

Thames Water said it has pumped extra water into its network to cope with increased demand. Explaining the effects of the rise in temperature, the supplier also shared some eyebrow-raising facts and figures:

Andrew Tucker, water efficiency manager at Thames Water, said:

‘We all need to think about how we use water and how we could save it. Making just a few small changes to your routine, while also enjoying the sunshine, will make a big difference and help us keep up with demand and avoid the risk of water restrictions later.’

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some tops tips to help you save water. Keep scrolling for the details.

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How to save water this summer

1. Take shorter showers

You may have seen this popular tip before, but it isn’t as straightforward as you might think. While a quick shower is usually more water efficient than a bath, some high-volume power showers use more water in five minutes than a bath would.

To make sure you’re saving water while you shower, consider installing an eco shower head that controls the flow and spray pattern of the water.

We’ve put a selection of eco shower heads to the test, paying close attention to the amount of water they get through in one minute. The best ones really do save water – and will lower your bills.

Our rundown of some of the top eco shower heads will help you decide which one to choose.

2. Fill your washing machine

Only using your washing machine when it’s full is a really simple way to save water, and you’ll be cutting your energy bills at the same time.

If you need a new machine, you can filter our washing machine reviews to find water-saving models.

For each washing machine we test, we monitor how much energy and water they use per cycle. We’ve uncovered A+++ rated machines that cost more to run (and use more water) than A+ models.

3. Turn off the tap

You can save as much as six litres of water a minute by turning off the tap while brushing your teeth.

If you’re keen to make additional savings, check out our guide to the top five cheap electric toothbrushes. Our Best Buys score top marks for cleaning, battery life and charge time.

4. Deal with leaks

If you spot a leak coming from one of your appliances, act sooner rather than later. In some cases you’ll be able to get this sorted yourself – a wrench and some pipe tape can do the trick if you have the know-how.

However, if you need a professional, head over to the Which? Trusted Traders website to find experts in your area.

5. Use an eco dishwasher program

Using an energy-save or eco dishwasher program is the most environmentally friendly way of washing your dishes. These systems use less water and energy than the main program, and wash at lower temperatures.

We’ve tested plenty of machines that have an effective eco setting. Use our dishwasher reviews to see which ones are best for your budget. Our dishwasher programs explained guide has more information on eco settings.

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