Save on your water bills
If you find that your water bills are too high, or you seem to be paying a lot for your water supply, there are two main ways you can reduce the water bills in your household:
- Change your payment method or plan
- Adopt water-saving habits.
Change how you pay for your water
By paying for your entire annual water bill in a single payment, you can generally reduce the price of your water bills than if you were to pay monthly or quarterly.
A second option is to have a water meter fitted in your property, to ensure that you are charged on the basis of the amount of water you use rather than an estimated figure. Most households in England, Wales, and Scotland are entitled to switch to a meter on request free of charge.
Tips for reducing your water consumption
There are various ways you can change yours or your family’s water consumption habits at home, and thus your water bills. This could include the following:
- If you run a lot of baths in your household, then fitting a water-diverting valve to the outside of your waste water pipe can ensure that your bathwater doesn’t become waste; instead, it can be directed to a hosepipe and thus used to water your plants or clean your car.
- Wait until you have a full load before you use your washing machine or dishwasher, as the same amount of water will be used for a full or part-load.
- Use a brick or ‘hippo’ in your toilet’s cistern to save the amount of water used– approximately two or three litres from each flush.
- When you’re washing up, fill up a washing-up bowl rather than running the taps on and off.
- Use a shower timer in your shower to reduce your shower time. Shaving three minutes off a seven-minute shower could save you thirty litres of clean drinking water.
- Insert flow restrictors onto your bathroom sink taps to reduce the volume of water running from a tap.
- Remember to turn off any running taps when brushing your teeth, shaving, or soaping your hands.
Incorporating tips such as these in your own and your family’s daily routine will soon stick and become habits over time – so why not give them a try and see how much you could save?
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