Use less.
Save more.

We all need to save a little bit extra on our energy bill right now. And using less hot water, is a great place to start! Because if you only put your washing machine on when it’s full. Switch to showers instead of baths. And reduce the time you spend in the shower by just one minute …you could see a real difference!

Woman in the shower

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.

Washing machine
Little boy peeking through washing on the line

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.

Dripping tap

Tap into wasted water

Fixing that dripping tap could save over 5,500 litres of water a year - that's a lot!

Toilet roll

Feeling flush?

Fitting a Flushsaver in your toilet could save 1.2 litres with every flush.

Order your free Flushsaver now!

Washing up

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.

Boiling kettle

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?

Get the 4-Minute Shower Songs playlist

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.

Watering can

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 leftover water from the washing up.


Eliminate the competition

Keep on top of weeds in your garden. They grow quickly and compete with your plants for valuable moisture.

Flower bed

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.

Water butt

We like big butts

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 DIY and garden centres.

Try making a mini water butt


Trigger happy

Using a trigger nozzle on your garden hose could save 225 litres a week.


Low maintenance plants

Plants like lavender, palms, mimosa and verbena need less water to grow.

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!

We'd love to know how you're saving water, join the conversation @YorkshireWater on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #LoveYorkshireWater

Felix, 8 created a water saving robot using only a milk carton! Let’s save water and look after the planet too! 🤖🌎 

Felix and the robot water butt he made

Find out how to make your own mini water butt

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!

Get your free water saving pack


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.

Find out about our innovation projects

Leaky pipe

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