Saving Water Saves Energy

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Did you know?

The average person in the developing world uses 10 litres of water a day. The average person in the Dublin uses 150 litres of water per day. 99% of the World’s water cannot be used because it is salt water or is frozen in glaciers or ice sheets. Can you think of the ways we use water each day?

We need clean water to drink, to grow food and to stay healthy. Water in streams, rivers and bogs is important for wildlife too. But around the world as the climate changes we are hearing more about droughts and flooding and this is affecting the amount of clean water we have.  

It takes energy to clean and carry the water that comes out of our taps. It takes energy to heat the hot water we use every day. So, when we save water, we also save energy and help to tackle climate change.

What can we do?

There are two main things we can do; use less water in general, and use less hot water to help reduce the amount of energy we use to heat it.

  • Don’t leave the tap running when you are brushing your teeth.
  • Use a bucket and sponge instead of a hose if washing the car.
  • Fix leaking taps and make sure the tap is fully turned off after you use it.
  • Take a shower rather than a bath. A typical shower uses only one fifth of the energy of a full bath.
  • Only run washing machines and dishwashers when they are full.Choose ‘A’ rated appliances to reduce energy and water use.
  • Don’t fill the kettle for a single cup of tea. You will save water and energy too.
  • Use a basin in your sink to collect and reuse water for your garden plants.

Useful websites

An Taisce Green-schools have lots of ideas on saving water


Save Water to Help the Earth
One Direction - Dear World Leaders

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