Save water and energy

Find out how you can save water and energy to save money and reduce your impact on the environment.

Why we all need to save water

Brighton & Hove’s water only comes from underground sources. This means we’re more at risk of having short, severe droughts. 

Climate change means we’re also likely to see longer dry periods and more water shortages in the future.

Find water-saving tips from Southern Water.

Protecting our precious groundwater

We’re working with South Downs National Park, Southern Water and the Environment Agency to protect the precious water beneath our feet.

The Aquifer Partnership (TAP) aims to tackle the threat from pollution, a growing population and modern lifestyles to ensure our groundwater remains a sustainable resource for the future.

Use less energy

Finding ways to save energy will save you money. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

The Green Deal helps you make energy-saving improvements to your home and find the best way to pay for them. 

Use the energy efficiency calculator to find out the best way to save energy for your home.

Eco Open Houses showcases homes in Brighton & Hove that have reduced their energy and water use. They did this through improvements like: 

  • insulation
  • draught-proofing
  • efficient heating systems 
  • renewable technologies

Get help with renewable energy for your home or workplace

If you generate your own electricity, with things like solar panels or a wind turbine, your energy supplier might pay you money. This is called a Feed-in Tariff (FIT). 

You could also get money through the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme to help with the cost of installing renewable heating technologies in your home. 

Renewable heating technologies include things like solar panels, heat pumps and biomass boilers. 

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government scheme. It helps businesses, the public sector and non-profit organisations pay for renewable heat technologies.

Find community energy projects

Community energy projects in this area include: 

These are co-operatives that reduce, purchase, manage and generate energy in the local community. 

Find out more about community energy from the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Energy Saving Trust.

Find other tips to reduce your environmental impact on our climate change pages.