Water. It's wonder stuff.
So let’s look after it.
We’ve all been spending more time at home recently and we’ve not had much rain so we all need to think carefully about how we use it. Making a few small changes every day can make a big difference and help make sure there’s enough of the wonder stuff for everyone.
Save water in the garden
Whether you're a keen gardener, or simply want to keep your grass looking lush and green, making a few small changes can make a big difference. We've put together some handy tips to help you use less water in your garden and outdoor areas.
Yes you can
Using a watering can instead of a hose is an easy way to save water. You can save even more by filling it with left over water from the washing up.
Pools of water
Paddling pools are great fun for a day in the sun. Make the most of all that lovely water - use it to water the plants or keep the grass looking lush.
Get mulch more out of your water
Adding a layer of leaves, bark or compost to your flower beds helps retain moisture and reduces the need for watering.
Catch every drop
Collecting rain in a water butt is a great way to save water and you'll have plenty for your garden during drier weather. You can pick one up at most DYI and garden centres.
Using a trigger nozzle on your garden hose could save 225 litres a week.
Watering out of hours
Water your garden in the early morning or late evening, when it's cooler, so less water is lost through evaporation.
Take a look at what we're doing to save water in our own gardens, plus learn how to make your own water butt!
Save water in your home
From making a brew to flushing the loo and everything in between we’re constantly using water in our homes. We’ve put together our top tips to help you save with just a few small changes.
Save loads on your loads
Putting a full load in the washing machine and using the eco setting, if you've got one, will make a big difference.
Tap into wasted water
Fixing that dripping tap could save over 5,500 litres of water a year - that's a lot!
Fitting a Flushsaver in your toilet could save 1.2 litres with every flush.
Use less with a bowl
We know it's tempting to throw everything in the dishwasher but using a washing up bowl saves lots of water. If you really hate the idea of rolling up your sleeves, make sure your dishwasher is full and use the eco setting if you have one.
Tea for two?
Only boiling the amount of water you need will save water and energy.
Hot tip for houseplants
Bathrooms are warm, humid environments that are great for some houseplants. Why not collect cool water from your shower before it warms up and give your indoor plants a drink?
Singing in the shower
Spending 1 minute less in the shower saves lots of water. We’ve created a shower playlist full of 4-minute songs to help you time your shower – one song per shower. Ready for the challenge?
What you're doing
Our customers are doing a great job of saving water. Take a look at what they've been up to and read some of their tips.
Bridget, Harrogate I reuse water from my washing up bowl and water my garden with a watering can, not a hose... Never water your garden in the midday sun, always at dusk or very early in the morning.
Carole, Sheffield I have 2 water butts and I always reuse my washing up water for my plants. I also leave a few containers around that fill naturally with the rainfall. It’s surprising how much you can get from them.
Evelyn, Leeds The hot tap always runs cold at first, so I put an empty 4 pint milk bottle under untill I get hot water, handy to save for a dry spell and easy to store.
Michelle, Rotherham I have attached a water butt to the down pipe on my garage guttering, so when it rains, I can collect the water to water my plants in the garden ❤
Alison, Rotherham When we changed our bathroom, we opted for no bath, just a shower 🚿 to save on our water usage 👍
Grace, Sheffield I use the water from my washing up bowl to water the pots by the back door!
Felix, 8 created a water saving robot using only a milk carton! Let’s save water and look after the planet too! 🤖🌎
How we can help
Free water saving pack
We’re offering our customers the chance to save water and cut their bills. Get your free water saving kit now and join us in making small changes that will make a big difference. It’ll help you save litres and pounds!
What we're doing
We’re always looking for ways we can innovate and improve the way we do things. We recently partnered with Invenio Systems to ensure water leaks continue to be detected during the Covid-19 pandemic in a bid to save water.