Saving water costs

There are various ways to save water in daily life. It is particularly effective to reduce your hot water consumption. On top, you also save the energy that is needed to heat.


Dishwasher - Get your dishes washed
Today's modern dishwashers only need 12 litres of water to wash up to 14 place settings clean. That is about half of what is used when washing dishes by hand. In this way, you not only save water, but also up to 50 percent energy. A dishwasher works much more effectively and is more economical than washing manually. When using the machine, pre-washing by hand is no longer necessary. Only switch it on when it is completely full. In addition, modern appliances already offer an economy or eco-mode, which uses less water and electricity.



It doesn't always have to be really hot
The washing effect of detergents nowadays is so good that laundry that needs to be boiled also gets clean at 60 °C. Make the most of the washing machine's capacity and do not use the prewash cycle for laundry that is only soiled normally. If you wash coloureds at 30 °C to 40 °C, you can save about 200 kWh of electricity, 5,000 litres of water, and 16 kilograms of detergent per year. Drying on the drying rack instead of in the dryer also helps to save energy. If available, you should use the eco-modes of your machine: this often takes longer, but uses less energy.

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Taking a shower instead of a bath

A full bath in the bathtub requires approx. 150 to 200 litres, but you only need around 80 litres for showering. When taking a shower, it makes sense to additionally install a water-saving shower-head. It mixes the water with air and thus reduces water consumption.

Tip: Be careful not to let water run unnecessarily while showering.


Adjustments on the washbasin or sink
A simple measure is to replace the aerators on the taps. In contrast to the standard versions, faucet aerators mix more air into the water jet. This reduces the flow rate and, in this way, the consumption. Please note, however, that such aerators must not be installed in low-pressure taps.

Another adjustment option is via the angle valves at the washbasin or sink. If, for example, it is only used for washing hands, the water supply can be reduced easily. In addition, the tap should be closed while soaping your hands. With a single-lever mixer, this can be done quite easily with the elbow.


Toilet flushing
The toilet is the largest water consumer in the household. If your cistern has an economy button, all the necessary technical requirements for saving water are already in place. Use them consistently! If you still have a model without an economy button, a water stop should definitely be installed. In this way, the entire cistern is no longer emptied and it only flushes when the button is pressed.

Some good advice is not expensive at all

Saving energy protects the environment and is good for your wallet. Stadtwerke Energie is also actively committed to energy efficiency and renewable energies and, together with you, contributes to climate protection. Our energy advisor will provide you with competent information on energy-saving measures in your household. Contact us or make an appointment free of charge.

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More information and advice for private households and businesses can also be found in the  > Energy Saving Campaing of the BMWK.