Saving Water: 11 Ways to Conserve Water in Your Home and Garden

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You might think saving water isn't important in the UK — after all, we're a rainy climate which doesn't see rainwater in short supply for the majority of the year. However, that's just not the case and water conservation is important even here. 

The average UK household uses 330 litres a day according to the Energy Saving Trust. Couple that with an increasing population and some people predict that the UK could be faced with water shortages by 2050. Water companies use a lot of electricity too, so overuse of water is intrinsically linked to more energy requirements. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title and former digital editor of He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.