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BRITS can save £100 every year by making a simple change to the way they use water.

It comes as water use restrictions were brought in to parts of southeastern England and Scotland amid record demand for drinking water.

With households in Kent and Sussex facing a hefty £1,000 fine, there are several ways you could save water – and money – this year.


Placing a brick in the toilet cistern can help to reduce water consumption.

Before you flush a toilet, the water fills up to the higher water-level line in the tank.

As you flush, the water drains down to the lower fill-line, then slowly refills until it reaches the higher line once more.

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Placing a clean house brick in the cistern will lessen the tank's capacity – reducing the amount of water used per flush.

A Hippo Water Saver also cuts the amount of water flushed away by up to half – and a pack of 10 only costs £21.60.

Modern toilet systems come with a dual flush option but many users don't know how much of a difference they can make to water usage in the home.

The reason why your toilet system comes with this option is for water conservation.

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The large flush can use six to nine litres of water at a time, whereas the small flush uses far less – around three to four litres.

Using the correct flush could save you 50-60 per cent of the water use every time.

It could also be worth investing in a small, indoor tank with enough storage for 18-days of use.

"It is madness that we use drinking water for flushing loos when wasted rainwater could do the same job," Mark Hull, of installation company Stormsaver, told This is Money.

"It costs more to lay the pipes from a water tank that catches the rain to be pumped into the toilet flush and washing machine systems — but it certainly makes economic sense."


If you have a garden and regularly water your plants or bushes, investing in a water butt could really save you some pounds.

The average roof collects 85,000 litres of rain a year, enough to fill a water butt 450 times.

So by using a butt instead of relying on your hosepipe, you'll save on money and water.

A 210 litre water butt is available from Charlies for £29.99 and a 227 litre one at EvenGreener is on sale for £53.99.

Terry Nash, founder of trade body UK Rainwater Management Association, also described how an underground 1,000-gallon plastic tank can be bought for £1,000.

Although pricey, it can knock up to £100 a year off a £440 water bill and pay for itself in a decade.


Moving to a water meter could help some save some extra cash.

One mum more than halved her water bill after getting a meter – saving over £200 a year.

Obviously if you do use a lot of water then it makes no sense to have a meter as your bills could go UP.

The Consumer Council for Water offers a free water meter calculator that'll tell you if you can save by fitting a water meter.

For example, if you have a big family and more people than bedrooms or simply use lots of water intensive appliances like washing machines or dishwashers, a fixed fee will be better for you.

Having a water meter doesn't help with the standard charge that's based on where you live either, but it can help you cut down the costs of your personal usage at home.


Greywater is the wastewater collected from baths, showers, washing machines, dishwashers and sinks.

Greywater typically makes up between 50-80 per cent of a household's wastewater, according to The Green Age.

A 65-gallon tank for flushing with greywater starts from about £1,000 (plus installation). 

There are several ways to filter greywater at home.

One common method is to allow the water to settle in a tank for 24 hours before using it.

This allows solid particles and dirt to settle at the bottom while cleaner water rises to the top.

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Another option is to use a filter system specifically designed for greywater.

The Royal Horticultural Society states on their website that 'grey water' such as bath water or shower water is safe to use when watering plants.

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