Reduce your Water bill

Like all other utilities the price of water supplies is increasing year on year. However, unlike with gas and electricity you cannot switch your water supplier as you are tied to whoever your local supplier is. 
 
So, given the fact that you cannot switch suppliers can you still reduce your bill?? YES, YES, YES, and here's how:
 

How you are charged

There are 2 ways that you can be charged:
 
1. In accordance with your rateable value - this is a totally out of date system where instead of being charged on what you actually use your water bill is assessed on a 'formula' depending upon what your rateable value is.
 
2. On a meter - simply meaning that you are charged for what you use.
 
 

Should I switch to a meter?

 
Generally speaking if you have more rooms in your house than people you should be better off with a meter. In this respect many people report that installing a meter saved them up to £200 per year!
 
Note: if you decide to try a water meter you will have 12 months to change your mind.
 

Water saving tips

Here are a number of things that you can do to save water and therefore reduce your bill if your are on a water meter:
 
  • Take shorter showers! Challenge your family to reduce their showering time. The traditional unrestricted, or high-flow showerheads use around 4 gallons per minute. If you reduce your shower by 5 minutes daily, that would be 20 gallons of water saved... for a family of four that really adds up.
  • Don't let the water run while hand-washing dishes. Fill the sink up, then rinse all at once afterward.
  • Use your dishwasher and washing machine only when full.
  • Turn off the water when you're brushing your teeth. I know, this is not the first time you've heard this, but you'd be surprised how many people still let the water flow.
  • Don't let the water run while washing produce. Rinse them in the sink, or a pan of water instead.
  • Avoid washing your car at home! Most people think this saves money, but it does not. It adds gallons onto your water bill, and doesn't get your car as clean. Professional car washes are usually good with recycling the water they use with filters. 
  • Keep a jug of cold water in the fridge. Allowing the water to run and cool down wastes.
  • Check for water leaks! A leaky toilet can waste 7,000 gallons a month. 
  • Avoid heavy pruning. It makes plants require more water to survive
  • Replace worn washers on leaky taps. A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and over a year could unnecessarily add over £18 to your annual water bill. 
  • When putting the kettle on to boil, only fill it with as much water as necessary. Two-thirds of us waste energy by boiling more water than we need. 
  • The hot water cylinder thermostat should be set at 60°C or 140°F. Any higher is a waste of energy and could lead to scalding. 

 

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