Free water saving devices available in the UK

Saving water is vitally important. Water companies are offering free water conservation devices to help you do your bit to start saving asap.  We’ve put all what’s on offer in one place for ease of understanding and save you time searching through all the websites.

There are only certain amounts of free things available for each region. This post highlights what else is available for you to purchase to add to your device repertoire and increase your savings.

Below you will find a section which describes what each device is and links to where you can buy extras online.

This is followed by a list of links from individual water companies to what they offer for free, at the time of writing.  It seems it doesn’t matter who you pay your bill to, it’s the post code you live in which determines which free products you can receive.

There are water saving devices for the home and the garden available.

Water saving devices for showers and bathrooms


8L Regulated Flowpoint Grey Shower Head

You can use this stylish and easy to clean shower head to reduce the flow rate of you shower down to 8 l/min.  This will save a lot of water if your current shower head produces more than this.  To work out how many litres per minute your current shower produces follow the steps in this video here https://youtu.be/_Ta6O_oYi-A

All you need to do is unscrew your current shower head and replace with your new one, it’s as simple as that.  For peace of mind it comes with a 1 year guarantee.

It will work with any standard ½” hose thread and Combi condensing boilers and gravity showers with a pump fitted but not suitable for Electric Showers - or lower pressure systems or gravity fed systems with less than 0.5 bar pressure.

Cost of additional devices: £19.99 (Plus £3.00 P&P)


8L Shower Regulator

If you don’t want to change your current shower head but want to save water, this piece of kit will regulate the flow rate of the shower earlier in the chain.  Reducing the flow rate to just 8 l/min this could save a lot of water compared to the flow rate your shower currently is set at. To work out how many litres per minute your current shower produces follow the steps in this video here https://youtu.be/_Ta6O_oYi-A

You will have this fitted in no time and it comes with a 1 year guarantee for added peace of mind.

This fits any standard ½” shower hose by simply screwing into the base of your shower mixer unit. Takes just a couple of minutes – each device comes with a set of instructions.

These are not suitable for Electric Showers - or lower pressure systems or gravity fed systems with less than 0.5 bar pressure.

Cost of additional devices: £3.49 (Plus £2.00 P&P)

How to fit the 8L shower regulator:


8L Shower Regulator with Switch

Not only will this great device reduce your showers flow rate to 8 l/min, it allows you to push a button to limit the flow to just a dribble of water for times when you are shampooing and not needing the water.

It is suitable for gravity and mains fed showers or bath shower mixers, with separate hot and cold water controls. It is also suitable for use with Combi & Condensing Boilers and Gravity Showers with a pump fitted.

The flow purposefully dribbles to let you know the shower supply is still on as you still need to make sure you turn off the shower when you have finished.

It is very easy to install and attached between your shower base and shower hose.

It is not suitable for Electric Showers, Digital Showers or those with multiple jets as well as showers run by a mixer tap with a combined hot and cold water control. It is not suitable for Electric Showers, Low Pressure Systems, or Gravity Fed Systems with less than 0.5 bar pressure. If you are uncertain if this product is suitable, we recommend that you contact your shower manufacturer.


4 Minute Shower Timer

Shortening your shower time is a great water saving tip. This timer can help you reduce the amount of time in the shower.

It easily fits to the side of the shower on a surface such as a tile using a suction cup.  Once the sand runs out your 4 minutes are up.

Warning - This product is not suitable for children under 3 years. Contains small parts. May cause a choking hazard.

Cost of additional devices: £2.49 (Plus £1.20 P&P)

How to use the 4 minute shower timer:


2 Minute Crocodile Toothy Timer
 or 2 Minute Tiger Toothy Timer

This is a great dual purpose device for kids.  Not only does it remind children to turn off the tap and not leave it running in between rinses, which is a main cause of water wastage, it encourages them to brush for the recommended length of time of 2 minutes.

You just pop out the animal face from the card, bend back the clips and attach to the front of the two-minute sand timer.

Warning - This product is not suitable for children under 3 years. Contains small parts. May cause a choking hazard.

Cost of additional devices: £2.99 (Plus £1.50 P&P)


Bath Measure

A fact filled ruler which lets you know how much water in the bath is suitable to reduce waste. Aimed at both adults and children it can be easily used as a standard ruler when it is not needed in the bath

Cost of additional devices: £0.99 (Plus £0.50 P&P)

Water saving devices for taps


5L Regulated Tap Insert Twin Pack

These inserts aerate the water to reduce the flow to just 5 l/min.  You will still receive the right amount of water you need but at the same time it will limit the amount wasted.

These are easy to fit using a special tool provided in the packet (see video) and designed so that they don’t change the appearance of your tap.

The majority of taps should benefit from these inserts but the are not suitable for large bath taps.  The performance of the tap shouldn’t be affected, you just save water each time you turn it on.

Cost of additional devices: £4.99 (Plus £2.00 P&P)

How to fit tap inserts:


Eco Flow Tap Spray Black/Chrome

This aerator is ideal for kitchens as it saves between 11 and 18% of water per use.  It has 2 settings so that you can choose between the aerated anti-splash flow or the powerful non-aerated spray.

It easily threads to your existing tap with a flexible head that swivels 360 degrees allowing for a multidirectional spray when required.

Cost of additional devices: £7.49 (plus £2.50 P&P)

Water saving devices for toilets


1.2L Save a Flush Cistern Bag
and Hippo the water saver

If you have an old style lever flush and not the modern dual flush toilet, you can use this cistern displacement device to take 1.2 litres of water off each flush. Over one year this could add up to an average saving of 5,000 litres by using this save a flush product!

It is very easy to install in your cistern, with environmentally friendly properties.  A biodegradable polymer is used to retain the water and once it is time to replace the device it can be sprinkled on your garden.  The polymer retains water in the soil and the bag it comes in can be recycled. A real win-win.

They come with a 1 year guarantee.

You can’t use these with low volume cisterns of less than 7 litres.

Cost of additional devices: £1.99 (& £1.70 P&P)

How to fit:


Hippo 9 Cistern Bag

These are suitable for very large volume cisterns as their retention is bigger than the 1.2L Save a Flush Cistern Bag and Hippo the water saver. These are designed to save 3 litres of water per flush in cisterns that use 9 litres or more per single flush.

This can save a massive 12,000 litres of water a year!

They are just as easy to install as the 1.2L Save a Flush Cistern Bag and Hippo the water saver

Cost of additional devices: £1.49 (& £1.50 P&P)


LeakyLoo Toilet Leak Detection Strips

A toilet leak could be wasting up to 400 litres of water a day and over 100,000 litres a year!

These strips allow you to detect leaks down the back of the pan, which are often hard to see with the naked eye.

These strips are environmentally friendly as the biodegradable water soluble paper flushes away without blockage or damaging waste

Cost of additional devices: £1.29 (Plus £0.50 P&P)


Toilet Leak Detection Tablets

Because a leak down the back of the pan of a toilet is hard to see, these tablets add colour to the water making it easier to detect.

The tablets are placed in the cistern and give you an indication in a matter of minutes of any leak from the cistern to the toilet bowl. There's no mess and the dye will disappear in a few flushes

Cost of additional devices: £0.99 (Plus £0.50 P&P)

Water saving devices for gardens


Plant Water Saving Gel

This gel reduces the need to constantly water plants and wasting water.  They basically absorb and store water, allowing the plant to remove water to use as and when it requires it.

Ideal for hanging baskets that normally dry out quickly, and for newly planted areas or dry spots in the garden. 1 sachet treats 20 litres of compost.

Cost of additional devices: £1.99 (Plus £1.00 P&P)


WaterStick Moisture Probe for Plants

Know exactly when your plants need water using this great device which dramatically saves water wastage. When the stick is placed in the roots of the plant it will indicate using its colour coded window when its time to water or when your plant is still good for moisture.

Cost of additional devices: £2.99 (Plus £1.00 P&P)


6 Dial Spray Gun

By being able to control the amount of water that is sprayed from a hose, it means that water is only used when required rather then running away from a constant flow. This heavy duty spray gun from KingFisher has 6 settings to help you manage your water usage.

This spray gun comes with soft grip locking handle and snap action adaptor. Made from ABS Plastic, making this item frost resistant and shatterproof.

What devices do the water company in your region offer for free?

Water Company Link to free products Free water saving devices available
Affinity Water https://www.savewatersavemoney.co.uk/affinity/free-water-saving-products
  • Either an 8L Regulated Flowpoint Grey Shower Head or an 8L Shower Regulator
  • 1.2L Save a Flush Cistern Bag
  • 5L Regulated Tap Insert Twin Pack
  • 4 Minute Shower Timer
  • LeakyLoo Toilet Leak Detection Strips
  • 2 Minute Crocodile Toothy Timer
  • Plant Water Saving Gel
  • Bath Measure
Bristol Water https://www.savewatersavemoney.co.uk/bristol/free-water-saving-products
  • 8L Shower Regulator
  • 4 Minute Shower Timer
  • 1.2L Save a Flush Cistern Bag
  • 5L Regulated Tap Insert Twin Pack
  • 2 Minute Tiger Toothy Timer
  • Plant Water Saving Gel
Cambridge Water https://www.savewatersavemoney.co.uk/cambridge/free-water-saving-products
  • Either an 8L Regulated Flowpoint Grey Shower Head or an 8L Shower Regulator
  • 8L Shower Regulator with Switch
  • LeakyLoo Toilet Leak Detection Strips
  • 4 Minute Shower Timer
Dee Valley https://www.savewatersavemoney.co.uk/hafrendyfrdwy/free-water-saving-products
  • 8L Shower Regulator
  • 4 Minute Shower Timer
  • Hippo the water saver (x2)
  • 5L Regulated Tap Insert Twin Pack
  • Toilet Leak Detection Tablets (x2)
  • Plant Water Saving Gel (x2)
Dwr Cymru (Welsh Water) https://aqualogicwc.co.uk/store/dcww/free-items/
  • 1.2L Save a Flush Cistern Bag
  • LeakyLoo Toilet Leak Detection Strips
Essex and Suffolk Water https://esw.watersavingkit.com/
  • 1.2L Save a Flush Cistern Bag (x3)
  • Eco Flow Tap Spray Black/Chrome
  • 8L Shower Regulator (x3)
  • 5 Minute Shower Timer
  • 5L Regulated Tap Insert Twin Pack (x3)
  • Toilet Leak Detection Tablets (x2)
  • WaterStick Moisture Probe for Plants
  • Plant Water Saving Gel
  • 6 Dial Spray Gun
Northumbrian Water https://nwl.watersavingkit.com/
  • 1.2L Save a Flush Cistern Bag (x3)
  • Eco Flow Tap Spray Black/Chrome
  • 8L Shower Regulator (x3)
  • 5 Minute Shower Timer
  • 5L Regulated Tap Insert Twin Pack (x3)
  • Toilet Leak Detection Tablets (x2)
  • WaterStick Moisture Probe for Plants
  • Plant Water Saving Gel
  • 6 Dial Spray Gun
Portsmouth Water https://www.savewatersavemoney.co.uk/portsmouth/free-water-saving-products
  • Either an 8L Regulated Flowpoint Grey Shower Head or an 8L Shower Regulator
  • Plant Water Saving Gel
  • 5L Regulated Tap Insert Twin Pack
  • 1.2L Save a Flush Cistern Bag (x2)
  • 4 Minute Shower Timer
Severn Trent Water https://www.savewatersavemoney.co.uk/severntrent/free-water-saving-products
  • 8L Shower Regulator
  • 4 Minute Shower Timer
  • Hippo the water saver (x2)
  • 5L Regulated Tap Insert Twin Pack
  • Toilet Leak Detection Tablets (x2)
  • Plant Water Saving Gel (x2)
South East Water https://www.savewatersavemoney.co.uk/southeast/free-water-saving-products
  • Either an 8L Regulated Flowpoint Grey Shower Head or an 8L Shower Regulator
  • 4 Minute Shower Timer
  • 5L Regulated Tap Insert Twin Pack
  • Eco Flow Tap Spray Black/Chrome
  • 1.2L Save a Flush Cistern Bag
  • LeakyLoo Toilet Leak Detection Strips
  • 2 Minute Tiger Toothy Timer
  • WaterStick Moisture Probe for Plants
  • Plant Water Saving Gel
  • 6 Dial Spray Gun
South West Water https://www.savewatersavemoney.co.uk/southwest/free-water-saving-products
  • Hippo 9 Cistern Bag
  • Hippo the water saver
  • 8L Regulated Flowpoint Grey Shower Head
  • 4 Minute Shower Timer
  • 5L Regulated Tap Insert Twin Pack
Sutton and East Surrey Water https://www.savewatersavemoney.co.uk/suttoneastsurrey/free-water-saving-products
  • Either an 8L Regulated Flowpoint Grey Shower Head or an 8L Shower Regulator
  • 4 Minute Shower Timer
  • Plant Water Saving Gel
  • Eco Flow Tap Spray Black/Chrome
  • 5L Regulated Tap Insert Twin Pack
  • LeakyLoo Toilet Leak Detection Strips
  • 1.2L Save a Flush Cistern Bag (x2)
  • Hippo 9 Cistern Bag (x2)
Thames Water https://watersavingdevices.thameswater.co.uk/Product
  • 8L Shower Regulator
  • Eco Flow Tap Spray Black/Chrome (x2)
  • 5L Regulated Tap Insert Twin Pack (x2)
  • 1.2L Save a Flush Cistern Bag
  • 4 Minute Shower Timer
Wessex Water https://www.savewatersavemoney.co.uk/wessex/free-water-saving-products
  • 8L Regulated Flowpoint Grey Shower Head
  • 5L Regulated Tap Insert Twin Pack
  • 1.2L Save a Flush Cistern Bag
  • LeakyLoo Toilet Leak Detection Strips
  • 4 Minute Shower Timer
Yorkshire Water https://www.savewatersavemoney.co.uk/yorkshire/free-water-saving-products
  • 8L Shower Regulator (x2)
  • 1.2L Save a Flush Cistern Bag (x2)
  • 5L Regulated Tap Insert Twin Pack
  • 4 Minute Shower Timer

To determine which water company covers your area you can enter your postcode on the Save Water, Save Money website. You can also search for additional water saving items there.

If you want more tips for water saving in the home and garden see our "How to conserve water - the ultimate beginners guide".

To work out how much water you are using in your household and how it compares to the rest of the UK, see our water saving calculators blog post.

Also see our save water, save money, reduce waste blog category to keep up to date with new posts.

 

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