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Water efficiency

Water efficiency

There are many ways to reduce your bills and help protect the environment by being more water efficient, for example by using water saving equipment and water meters.

Actions you can take

Use the Water Energy Calculator (external link) to work out your household water and energy consumption, and for tips to save water.

  • Waterwise general tips (external link) for reducing your water usage in the kitchen, bathroom and garden.

Your water company may provide you with free water saving equipment, such as:

  • Efficient shower heads
  • Hippo bags for toilets
  • Shower timers
  • Fat traps for sinks

Check with your water company to see what equipment is currently available to help you reduce your water use. 

If you are thinking of replacing existing equipment consider looking for products with the Waterwise Recommended Checkmark (external link).

For bathrooms the EU water label (external link)  provides a database of bathroom products which, when installed and used correctly, will use less water, save energy and save you money. Use a registered plumber from the Watersafe quality assurance scheme (external link) for any improvement work carried out.

If you want to improve water efficiency for your business please visit WRAP's Rippleffect website.

Using rainwater and greywater

Collecting rainwater is easy, it doesn't cost much to do and means you can keep watering gardens during the summer or whenever there are water restrictions. Some water companies and local authorities offer discounted prices on water butts, so check with your water supplier and/or local council before heading to the garden centre!

Wastewater from baths, showers, washbasins, kitchen sinks and washing machines is known as grey water and there are systems available to treat this water for reuse in flushing toilets or watering gardens.

Water meters

A water meter is a device that records the amount of water being used in your home for billing purposes, similar to your gas and electricity metering. To work out if you would benefit from having a water meter installed use the Consumer Council for Water's (external link) calculator.

Resource Efficient Wales Programmes

The Welsh Government has set up a number of programmes to help support you, your community or business become more resource efficient.

Find out more