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A new way to make household appliances water-efficient could cut energy bills


A new mandatory water efficiency label is being considered to help save water supplies and help households save money on energy bills.

These would be used for fixtures such as toilets, urinals, kitchen sink faucets, bathroom sink faucets, non-electric shower outlets and shower fitting kits, dishwashers, washing machines and combination washer/dryers.

The proposals would aim to introduce this separate label alongside the existing energy label to be displayed on these appliances.

If introduced, Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) said the labels could save 1,200 million liters of water a day, equivalent to 480 Olympic swimming pools.

New mandatory label could save millions of liters of water (PA)

Alongside this, based on 2019 prices, they could also save consumers £125m on water bills and £147m on energy bills over 10 years.

Installing a water-efficient shower head could save an average household 3,762 liters of water and £17.44 on their combined utility bills per year, according to figures from Defra.

A family of four could save 6,468 liters and around £30 on their combined energy and water bill each year.

In 2021 alone, energy efficiency labeling and minimum performance standards saved £75 on the energy bill of an average dual-fuel household.

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Water Minister Steve Double said: “Water is a precious resource. We want to support consumers so that they can save money without having to significantly change their daily lives.

“These plans will help people make the right choices to save water and lower their energy bills.”

Ofwat chief executive David Black said: “This summer has highlighted the importance of water. Water labeling is a key tool, helping everyone make informed choices that can reduce their water use and bills.

“Water demand management plays a role in addressing pressures on our water system, while pushing water companies to reduce leakage and looking at new water sources and transfers to increase our future water supply We support the proposals and look forward to seeing the outcome of this consultation.