How To Save On Water Charges
With water bills set to rise and place additional financial pressures on household budgets, here are seven ways to bring costs down.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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