14 WAYS TO SAVE ON YOUR WATER BILLS
Despite the high cost of owning a home, it’s still worth every penny. Sure, you’ll spend some time doing repairs and performing maintenance projects like repainting your house or replacing old appliances but these are things that will help keep your property value up so in turn make any future buyers happy with their purchase!
How to save money on water bills
With the average water bill in the UK set at roughly £385, it’s no surprise that households are looking to cut their costs. In this guide, we show you how to manage your water bills, reduce water consumption and save money.
Top tips to cut your water bill
Water bills? It’s time to take control
Switching to a meter can have some advantages: you pay only for the amount of water you use, if you then cut the amount you use your bills will go down. This is great because it encourages people to conserve water and save money! If there are more bedrooms than people living in your house, meter rates will work out cheaper. Meters are fitted free by most companies but only 40% of homes in the UK have them installed.
- Changing the way you pay for the water: Do you have a water meter, or do you pay a fixed price every year? Depending on your household one method might be cheaper than the other one.
- Pick up some free water-saving ideas: If you’re on a water meter and looking to save water, there are free gadgets available to help you save. Check the SaveWaterSaveMoney for some additional ideas.
We all know that we can switch gas and electricity providers, typically saving £100s/year by doing so. Yet people assume because you cannot switch water companies, there is no way for savings to be possible when it comes to your water bill. However, this assumption couldn’t be further from the truth! Get a metered water meter, so you only pay for what you use. How much you can save? It varies depending on your household’s usage, but we regularly see successes of £100s a year. Use the water meter calculator below to do a full check.
Free water meter calculator
The CCW (Consumer Council for Water) has a free water meter calculator that tells you if you can save with a meter.
If it’s less than what you’re paying now, you could be quids in.
The world is changing, and we need to change with it. The instructions below will help you save water in a variety of ways!
Decrease the volume of water you use
1.Shower rather than bath
The showers are super great! They’re not only more time-efficient, but they save a lot of water too. Rather than taking an hour-long bath that wastes 80 litres of precious H2O, you can have the same refreshing experience in about 10 minutes with just 35 litres.
2.Turn it Off When Taking A Shower
The next time you’re in the shower, save water by turning off the flow when lathering up or conditioning your hair and switching it back on for a quick rinse. This small change will make an impact.
3.Turn it off when you brushing your teeth
You can save up to 12 litres of water per day by turning off the tap after brushing your teeth.
4.Use a dishwasher instead of washing up
Don’t be lazy when it comes to your dishes! Energy-efficient dishwashers are a super way to save water and energy. But if you run the dishwasher while not full, you’ll use more resources than necessary.
A garden hose uses 10 litres a minute – most plants don’t need water every day. If you don’t want to use a hose, rainwater is always a good option!
And you can do more!
6.Invest in New Faucets / Replace leaky taps
One of the best ways to save water and energy costs is with our selection of eco-friendly, efficient products. These ingenious innovations will not only help conserve one precious natural resource but also give you a little more money in your pocket! This little product makes up to 60% of saving.
Install faucet aerators
Think you’re just wasting water when your tap is running? Well, think again! These new modern faucets are 30% more efficient than standard models and will save money on utility bills while still ensuring the same great performance.
You can save water and money by installing faucet aerators. Installing an aerator on all of your home’s faucets will reduce the amount of water that flows through them, meaning you pay less for utilities each month! Reduce utility bills just by cutting back on how much running tap water to do dishes or brush teeth – it’ll make a big difference in your monthly budget!
7.Investigate Leaks / Repair leaks
It’s amazing how often a leak can go unnoticed. For example, if your toilet is running even just once per day, that would be the equivalent of dumping litres and litres of water down the drain every week! This could add up quickly without you realizing it until it starts to show in your utility bills at home or from work. If the leak is invisible, to easiest way to notice is by checking your water bills.
DIY tips to check if the toilet is leaking. Drop some food colouring into your toilet cistern, and you will clearly see soon the outcome. If there is any leak, call a professional plumber ASAP, because it can waste up to 400 litres of water a day (2.5 – 5 bathtubs/day) and could add up to £300 a year to your water bill if left unfixed.
The worst of leaking toilets can waste up to 8,000 litres a day (100 bathtubs a day) and could cost an additional £6,000 a year if not fixed! And this is” just” a toilet.
There are also many reasons to fix leaks in the faucet. Not only does it save you money by reducing your water bill, but fixed leaks also protect your home from costly damages that can be hard to repair.
Repair every leak, asap!
8.Collect the Rain / Use Rainwater to water your garden plants
What better way to save water in the garden than by collecting what nature provided? Consider attaching a rain barrel onto your home’s downspout in order to capture roof runoff.
9. Replace your old appliances with water-efficient products
Saving money on utility bills begins at home. For new appliances, look for the Energy Efficiency Label. Also, consider investing in a front-loader that uses substantially less water than the traditional style of the washing machine. ( 35% to 50% less water is used per load than with a top-loading washer.)
10.Sweep more frequently on sidewalks, driveways, and steps instead of flushing them once
Instead of spraying down dirty sidewalks, driveways, and steps, you should consider sweeping away dirt and debris with a broom to save water, more frequently.
11. Avoid Washing Cars at Home
You might have heard that it’s cheaper to wash cars at home rather than using a car wash. While you might part with a few pounds, if you leave the hose running while washing and your water usage is metered; then there’s going be a hefty price tag for this project.
12.Don’t use the toilet as a bin
We’ve probably all been guilty of this at some point, but tissues and face wipes should be disposed of in the trash instead.
Throwing these things into the toilet not only adds to pollution on land or water surfaces if they leak out before being properly treated for recycling purposes, but it also wastes a ton of freshwater every time you flush. And even worse than that: many items like these are non-flushable anyways-meaning sooner rather than later your pipes will get clogged by them regardless!
13.Store cold water in the fridge
Over the course of a year, think about how much water you waste by waiting for the water to turn cold. Wouldn’t it be better if at all times there was some chilled bottled water on your fridge? Get yourself a jug and fill it up from time to time so that when you need one bottle, it’s already sitting in the refrigerator ready to go.
This might not seem economical to water suppliers, but lots of companies offer selfless home products for you. It means they end up making less money from you, but we’re guessing they know that being good to the environment is more important sometimes!
Here are some examples: extensions for your tap which reduce flow; showerheads etc.
Grab your water-saving freebies here.
1. Install a water-saving showerhead
2. Replace old toilets with low-flow ones
3. Repair leaky faucets and pipes
4. Turn off the water when you brush your teeth or shave
5. Fix leaks in toilet tanks, sinks, and washing machines to save up to 22 litres of water per day
6. Use a dishwasher instead of washing dishes by hand
7. Replace old leaky pipes with new ones for less wasted water
8. Take shorter showers and turn off the shower when you’re done so it doesn’t keep running
9. Use a full load of laundry detergent instead of using too much
10. Fix leaking faucets or toilets as soon as possible to save on water bills and reduce waste in general
11. Put a bucket under the kitchen sink to catch dripping water from leaks, then use that collected water for house plants or other purposes. ( AND FIX IT)
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