10 ways to save on your energy and water bills provided by The Energy Saving Trust.  By following the tips below you could save over £100 per year off your energy bills.

  1. Wait until you have a full load before turning on your dishwasher or washing machine.
  2. Every minute you cut off your daily shower could save you between £5 and £10 off your energy bills each year.
  3. If everybody in a four person family replaced one bath per week with a five minute shower, you could save between £5 and £15 per year off your energy bill. This saving would be even greater if you use an electrical immersion heater.
  4. Using a bowl to wash up twice a day rather than leaving the hot tap running could save around £25 a year on a household’s gas bill.
  5. Don’t use hot when cold will do – for example, rinse plates and wash vegetables in cold water.
  6. Choose eco setting or lowest temperature setting when using your washing machine.
  7. Insulating your hot water cylinder is one of the simplest and easiest ways to save energy and money in your home. Putting a 75mm thick hot water cylinder jacket on your hot water will save around £35 a year.  By insulating any visible hot water pipes you can save around £10 more off your annual gas bill.
  8. A dripping tap wastes around 5,500 litres of water a year.  If you are on a water meter fixing the tap could save you over £18 a year.
  9. Your roof collects about enough water to fill 450 water butts every year.  You can use this for your garden, your house plants, or even to wash your car.
  10. Using a bucket and sponge to wash your car generally uses about a tenth of the water you would use compared to washing with a hosepipe.

More information and tips, a fun game where you can see yourself on screen, and a way of helping do your bit to help the environment (and Facebook or Twitter your friends about it) are available on www.thegreatbritishwaterfight.com  You can even soak your friends.