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How to save water

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At the moment water shortages are everywhere in the news as many areas in the South and East of England are facing restrictions. The result is due to the lack of rainfall last year leaving rivers and reservoirs dry. Autonet have come up with a few changes you could make to help with the issue of water shortages and it could save you a bit of money on your water bill too!


  • Average person uses 150 litres a day
  • 3.4billion litres leaked in 2010/2011
  • Groundwater levels are currently lower than in the last drought in 1976.

Small changes to make

  • Only use your dishwasher and clothes washer when they are full – doing this can save up to 1,000 gallons a month!
  • Try not to use a hosepipe when you’re washing your car, use a bucket of water instead.
  • Water your plants and lawn in the evening – this will allow the water to soak in overnight and last longer.
  • Take a shower instead of a bath – doing this you will use half of the amount of water.
  • When brushing your teeth don’t leave the tap running, switch it off. Leaving the tap on could waste 10 litres per minute.
  • Repair your leaking taps – one drop per second can waste up to 3000 gallons per year.
  • Collect rain water using a water butt – this is useful to have as it can be used for a number of household chores, such as watering those all important plants!
  • Summer is approaching and cold drinks are popular to quench your thirst, storing a bottle of water in your fridge saves you running your tap until it is cold.

Hopefully our tips on how to save water will show you ways in which you can reduce the amount of water you use. It could help with the water shortage and save you money at the same time!