Water saving tips this Christmas

Quick top tips

Don’t throw away your vegetable water

Let the dishwasher take the strain

4 Minute Christmas shower playlist

With Christmas on the way adapting individual behaviours in households can contribute to ensuring that the rare chalk streams in the South East remain healthy and allow the flora, fauna and wildlife to flourish.

Affinity Water has come up with six novel water saving tips for its customers over the Christmas period and a ten-track play list to ensure their shower doesn’t last more than four minutes.

On Christmas Eve, save a bit of time and work on the Big Day! Soak the potatoes and other root veg in a pan of water then they’ll be ready to roast when you need to.

But DON’T throw the water away you can use it to cook the sprouts or steam some other veg.

If you have been cooking vegetables and you’ve got a real Christmas tree, you can use the cooled down water to give it a drink.

If you’ve been out walking or shopping in the cold and reach for a hot drink to warm yourself up when you return home, remember you can save water and energy by filing the kettle with just the water you need for that one cup.

Washing up – let the dishwasher take the strain it’s more water efficient. Most dishwashers can efficiently cut through the greasiest plates, and by selecting the eco cycle it will make it even more efficient. It will also give you a bit more time to spend with family and friends, and not miss out on Christmas games.

Washing Machine – use the 30 degrees, eco setting and a full load. Table linen doesn’t need its own cycle in the machine, so wash on 30 degrees and make sure you’ve a full load to make the most of every drop of water and save on your energy bills too.

Christmas is a time when people visit one-another in their homes. Make sure you have some cistern bags and leaky loo strips on hand. With more visitors, the loo will have more flushes than normal. A cistern bag will ensure every flush uses less water. If you think your loo might be leaking grab yourself a leaky loo strip, so you can test it out.

Our Save Our Streams team have also devised a top ten play list for ensuring your shower does not last more than four minutes.

The shower playlist includes:

Christmas Time
(Don’t Let the Bells End)

The Darkness


Paul McCartney

All I Want For
Christmas Is You

Mariah Carey

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