By Andrew Tucker

This blog makes no guarantees that there’s going to be a big sunny spell now. But despite the rain, our aquifers still need more to make up for two years of dry conditions.

The problem is that with little to no national-scale education and marketing on water awareness, public perception will remain as usual, “it always rains, we have lots of water, and saving water is not really needed or a priority.”

But what happens if we get another dry winter, making three it in a row?  We can’t keep using water profligately and expect everything to be fine.  Reducing leakage loss will always be a big part of the solution needed, and the sector certainly needs to increase action on this without a doubt.

But it’s clear that general public attitudes and actions on water efficiency need to be given more priority and resource.  Saving a little water helps the big picture situation.

Our Water Energy Calculator shows you what your family can do to save water, plus it gives you the energy bill saving you’ll get from reducing hot water use. I’m pleased to report that usage of the calculator is on the rise, big time.

Thanks to more families taking action on their bills and water companies doing their bit to disseminate knowledge of the tool, it’s up to around 5,000 households a month, and it stands to pretty obvious reason that the more people that use the Calculator (might as well link it again to give you a further nudge in the right direction), the more bills we can help save on.

But we don’t promote the calculator and leave it at that. Water has to be included as part of major energy efficiency retrofit work, and naturally, we’d include the Green Deal in this.

2011’s government White Paper on water explicitly said “Water companies have an opportunity to promote water efficiency by working with Green Deal assessors who are visiting homes and workplaces,” so we’ve got a two new projects alongside our long-time allies Waterwise and Amec,  looking at just this.

The main drivers are to help clarify and standardise joint water and energy efficiency opportunities between water companies and Green Deal or local delivery providers.  This means incorporating water efficiency devices and advice, with the large-scale energy efficiency and fuel poverty schemes out there, while maintaining the quality of install and water advice given.   Big job – but the simplicity of most water-saving measures means water’s not much of headache to include as part of any package.   Plus, families prefer a combined approach.  So let’s think of them first.

A Green Deal without water will be a big opportunity missed. We’re really hoping this won’t happen, so there’s hard work to be done before launch time. In the meantime, watch the video, see how it compares to your life, then tap your details into our calculator – yep, it’s there again – and see what you really could be saving.