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How To Save On Water Charges

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With water bills set to rise and place additional financial pressures on household budgets, here are seven ways to bring costs down.
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Consider switching to a water metre as small families and pensioners in big house are likely to be better off having a meter installed. If you have more bedrooms than occupants a metre can reduce household water by more than 20%.
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If you use a lot of water because of a medical condition, you may be eligible to receive benefits such as pension credits, or pay a lower water bill under the WaterSure scheme.
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According to the Energy Saving Trust, the average person uses 150 litres of water every day with 33% of it running away in the shower. Replace and inefficient showerhead with a water-efficient one and you could save on both gas and water bills.
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A running tap wastes more than 6 litres of water a minute, so turn the tap off while brushing your teeth or shaving. Using a sink of water to wash up twice a day rather than having the hot tap running could also save on heating and water bills.
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Dripping taps can waste as much as 75 litres per day, so make sure taps are completely turned off, and fix any drips or leaks immediately.
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Use a watering can in the garden instead of a sprinkler or hosepipe. If you need to use the hose, fit a hose-trigger control.
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Install a water butt and, where possible, recycle any waste water for flower beds and patio containers. Some water companies offer free water butts to their customers.
Conclusion: 
These simple steps can save a lot of money during the course of a year, and with drought conditions existing all the year round in some parts of the country, it makes sense to conserve water.

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