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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

Make your Views Known on Water Efficiency and Energy Bills

The SNP Government has launched a 12-week consultation regarding measures aimed at helping customers managing their water and energy bills and buying more efficient items.

Taps, showers, dishwashers and washing machines could all have new water efficiency labels, in a move which will help save 100 million litres of water a day - the equivalent of 400 Olympic swimming pools across Scotland.

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

Kenneth Gibson MSP said:

“Climate change is affecting Scotland’s water resources and we must take action to ensure we manage them efficiently. Simply by improving labelling, we can make it easier for people to check how water efficient their appliances are, and help them choose the efficient and climate-friendly option where they are able.

“In addition, anything that can help households across North Ayrshire reduce energy bills is worth exploring.

“Hot water use is the second largest use of energy in a home after space heating. Installing a water-efficient showerhead could save an average household (2.3 occupants) 3,762 litres of water, and £17.44 off their combined utility bills per year. A family of four could save 6,468 litres and about £30 off their utility bill each year.”

In 2021 alone, energy efficiency labelling and minimum performance standards led to energy bill savings of £75 for the average dual-fuel household.

Scotland has the highest per capita consumption of water in the UK and as the climate crisis takes hold needs to address this with urgency.

Household water bills in Scotland are currently set by reference to Council Tax Band. Whilst using less water is not reflected immediately in bills, by using less water Scottish Water’s costs associated with sourcing, treating and distributing drinking water will reduce. These savings will be taken into account when charge levels are set.



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