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A third of water used in the home goes down the toilet; a regular house loses over 40% of its heat through loft spaces and walls; Britain throws away about £20 billion worth of unused food every year...and more frightening facts.

Energy overload

Ferrybridge power station. View of electricity pylons and chimneys

Image: Andy Hay

  • If your current fridge freezer is more than 10 years old, and you upgrade to a new, A-rated model, you will save £35 per year in running costs. (Source: Energy Saving Trust) 
  • An energy efficient washing machine will use a third less electricity for each wash, which, over its lifetime, could save you more than the cost of the appliance. (Source: Energy Saving Trust)
  • A regular house loses over 40% of its heat through loft spaces and walls (based on gas-heated semi-detached house with three bedrooms). (Source: Energy Saving Trust)
  • Turning down your thermostat by 1oC can cut 8% off your fuel bill. The average British household spends a startling £620 per year on fuel and power. That’s about £200 too high, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
  • Energy saving lightbulbs produce light using a fraction of the electricity needed for conventional light bulbs – which means they last up to 12 times longer and go on saving you money year after year. (Source: Energy Saving Trust)  

What a waste!

Rubbish

Image: Andy Hay

  • Britain throws away about £20 billion worth of unused food every year – equal to five times our spending on international aid and enough to lift 150 million people out of starvation. The Independent 15 April 2004.
  • By recycling cans, we reduce the need for mining bauxite, from which aluminium is extracted. Recycling aluminium uses around 95% less energy than the equivalent aluminium made from scratch. (Source: International Aluminium Institute)
  • England and Wales produce 400 million tonnes of waste every year (Environment Agency)
  • Scotland produces more than 3.3 million tonnes of waste each year, of which over 2.6 million tonnes are collected from households (Waste Aware Scotland). 
  • Scotland recycles only 6% of its waste, among the worst rates in Europe (Defra).   

Money down the drain

View of River Garry and bridge, Killiecrankie RSPB reserve

Image: Chris Gomersall

  • Only 25% of domestic customers in England and Wales have their water metered, so there’s little incentive to use less and no way of knowing how much you are saving if you start water efficiency measures. (Source: Ofwat)
  • A dripping tap can lose up to 90 litres of water every day, whilst a rapid stream of drips from your tap may waste as much as 32,000 litres of water in a year. (Source: Anglian Water)
  • A third of water used in the home goes down the toilet (Source: Anglian Water)
  • A running tap can use up to nine litres a minute. (Source: Anglian Water/waterwise)
  • Washing machines typically account for around 14% of the water used in the home (Source: Anglian Water/waterwise)
  • Leaking cisterns can use twice the normal amount of water needed. (Source: Anglian Water)
  • The average bath uses 80 litres of water. (Source: Anglian Water/waterwise)
  • If you’re taking lots of water-saving measures and your water use still seems high, ask the water company to check for leaks in the pipe between the mains and your house. (Source: RSPB Water Policy team)

How you can help

There are dozens of little changes you can make to your lifestyle that will add up to make a real difference to help wildlife and the environment. We've put together some simple and easy hints and tips on how you can live a greener lifestyle.