Don’t waste water in Midlothian

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Midlothian residents are being urged to shorten their showering habits to save on energy bills.

According to “At Home with Water,” an average shower lasts seven-and-a-half minutes - and cutting a minute off that time would wipe £290,000 from the county’s household energy costs.

Ninety-five per cent of people boil the kettle every day, with 40 per cent doing so five times a day or more.

But three-quarters of households still boil more water than they need – with overfilling costing people in Midlothian £80,000 a year.

The report, commissioned by the Energy Saving Trust Foundation in partnership with DEFRA, surveyed 86,000 British households.