water saving 'boosts energy efficiency'

Carbon emissions are increasingly being produced from the use of hot water, a new study has revealed.

The report, produced jointly by the Energy Saving Trust and the Environment Agency, found that Britons use the same amount of water now as they did ten years ago.

This is despite the roll out of water saving technologies over the last decade and the introduction of green standards in new homes, the organisations said.

Magda Styles, water and waste strategy manager at the Energy Saving Trust, said: "We undertook this research to pinpoint the exact areas in the home where water use is consuming most energy. The results show that if we are serious about reducing energy in the home then we must include reducing energy used from hot water.

"We will now use the report's findings to help shape our forthcoming joint pilot study with Waterwise into integrating water efficiency with energy advice."

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