The Water Energy Calculator has been designed to demonstrate to people the amount of energy and water that is being wasted in their households, and how much money they could save by making some simple water efficiency changes.
When we ran the calculator for the office here in Didsbury, we got some useful tips from it on how we can be saving water. Many of them are simply common sense, but when you see exactly how much they could save, it really does help you get into good habits.
In our case, the savings we could achieve are significant, running into the thousands of litres; with a constituency staff fuelled on cups of tea, the kettle doesn’t get much of a break! However, by only boiling as much water as we need, instead of filling it all the way to the top, we are making a big difference to our bills. Other simple things like taking that extra second to make sure the tap isn’t left dripping can also make a difference.
Water use has a significant impact on climate change, with nearly a quarter of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions coming as a result of our water use. It also hits us in the pocket, with the energy we use to heat water being responsible for around 30% of the annual average household gas bill – in the region of £200 a year each.
So why not take a look at the Water Energy Calculator and save some money whilst saving the planet!