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Water efficiency 'should be part of British refurb'

Water efficiency 'should be part of British refurb'

Water efficiency should be considered alongside energy efficiency as the government bids to cut energy bills and carbon emissions from all UK homes, according to Waterwise.

The water conservation organisation has called on the government to include water efficiency measures in its plans for a 'Great British refurb' that would see all homes receive a energy efficiency makeover.

Energy and climate change minister Ed Miliband announced the plans last week in a bid to combat climate change and reduce carbon emissions from the residential sector ? which account for 27 per cent of UK emissions.

Jacob Tompkins, Director of Waterwise, said: "If the government is serious about tackling carbon emissions from homes, which we believe it is, we urge them to include hot water saving measures such as water efficient showerheads within the fantastic programme they have announced today.

"Saving water saves carbon, and saves us all money on both water and energy bills.'"

According to the organisation, a family's water use creates the equivalent yearly carbon emissions as two transatlantic flights.

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