Consultation launched on water labelling proposal

TAPS, showers, dishwashers and washing machines could all have new water efficiency labels, in a move aimed at saving water and reducing energy bills.

The UK-wide initiative, involving the Scottish Government, has been put out for consultation, lasting 12 weeks.

Says a Scottish Government announcement, here: “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.”

It adds: “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 [assuming water is charged for, separately, which is not the case in Scotland]. 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.”

On the point of Scotland not operating a separate charge for water, the Scottish Government makes clear: “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 Government agency] 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.”

The consultation, here, ends on November 25.

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