Roughly 30% Of Water Used In The Home is Used To Flush The Toilet
But it's not the only culprit in the bathroom...
Your toilet uses an average of 5 litres per flush with a modern cistern, and up to 9 litres per flush if your toilet is significantly older. However, it’s important to know how much water your bathroom is using overall, and what changes you can make to reduce consumption.
The water used in your shower really depends on the type of shower you have. According to the Consumer Council for Water (CCW), a power shower can use up to 13 litres per minute, while an electric shower uses as little as 5 litres per minute. A full bath uses around 80 litres, meaning that if you use a power shower for as little as 7 minutes, you’ve already used more water than if you’d filled the bathtub. If you do own a power shower, try to keep your shower time minimal and pause the shower where you can (for example when conditioning your hair). Using a timer to limit your showers is another option, and Water Aid even has a handy playlist of songs lasting 4 minutes to help you keep track!
Whilst your taps don’t consume water like the shower, there are a number of really easy changes you can make to drastically reduce your consumption. Many of us leave the tap on when we brush our teeth, something that could be wasting around 12 litres of water every single time. In a multiple occupancy household that really starts to add up, so turning the taps off when you brush is an easy way to save water and money. Fitting tap aerators is also an easy option, offering the same functionality and performance whilst using significantly less water. Tap aerators are fit and forget, so offer an easy way to make savings without needing to change your habits.