New labeling to protect water supply and reduce energy bills

New labeling to protect water supply and reduce energy bills
New labeling to protect water supply and reduce energy bills

Taps, showers, dishwashers and washing machines could all get new water efficiency labels, which will save consumers more than £270million on their bills over 10 years .

The plans, subject to a 12-week consultation launched today (2 September) by the UK government and devolved administrations, will encourage the purchase of more water-efficient products and help customers manage their water and utility bills. ‘energy.

Based on 2019 prices, the label could save £125m on water bills and £147m on energy bills over 10 years, as well as 1,200m liters of water per day, the equivalent of 480 Olympic swimming pools.

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.

The proposals aim to introduce a water label separate from the existing energy label for display on toilets, urinals, kitchen sink taps, basin taps, non-electric shower outlets and shower assembly solutions, dishwashers, washing machines and combination washer/dryers.

Hot water consumption is the second highest energy consumption in a home after space heating. Installing a water-efficient showerhead could save an average household (2.3 occupants) 3,762 liters of water and £17.44 off their combined electricity bills per year. 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.

David Black, CEO of Ofwat, 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 considering new sources and transfers of water to increase our future water supply. We support the proposals and look forward to the outcome of this consultation.

Christine McGourty, chief executive of Water UK, said:

The government’s water efficiency labeling proposals are a vital step in reducing the amount of water we all use and will allow customers to make informed decisions while saving money and Energy.

Along with the work water companies are already doing to tackle leaky pipes and invest in infrastructure, reducing water use will help make our water supply more resilient to the existential challenges of climate change.

The launch of the consultation follows a pledge by the environment secretary last year to introduce a mandatory efficiency label as part of wider plans to protect water supplies.

The package includes asking water companies to develop a cohesive approach to repairing leaking customer supply lines and to develop a roadmap towards greater water efficiency in new developments and through renovations.

These measures, as well as the work of water companies to reduce leaks by 50%, will make it possible to meet the ambitions set in the National Water Resource Framework to reduce individual water consumption to 110 liters per person per day. by 2050, compared to current consumption. average of 145 liters.

This year saw the driest July across England since 1935 and since records began for the East and South East.

We’ve made it clear that water companies must take urgent action to repair leaks, and Ofwat has put in place clear financial consequences for companies that underperform on leaks. We also expect water companies to use smarter technology to help manage water demand and reduce leaks.

This is accompanied by ongoing action to hold companies accountable for sewage spills. On Friday August 26, we announced that water companies would face the toughest sewage pollution targets ever under a new plan to tackle sewage discharges into our waters. .

You can respond to the consultation here.

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