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Save money on your water bill
According to Water UK, the average household annual water bill stands at £385. That’s around 2% cheaper than previous years, but there are a number of mitigating factors which can make water considerably more expensive than you may think.
There’s little you can do about your water supplier rising their prices. However, you can do more than you’d think to save money on your own water bill.
In this post, we’ve got 6 brilliantly simple tips for lowering the cost of your water supply.
- Don’t run taps unnecessarily
How many times did your mum tell you off for leaving the tap running while brushing your teeth? Yep, we’ve all received that lecture, but it’s an important one. Add up each tooth brushing session, if you’re leaving the tap on during each one, you’re using an awful lot of water. If you’re not using the tap, turn it off!
- Ensure toilets flush efficiently
Did you know that most toilets use 13 litres of water per flush? It’s unlikely to be a statistic you’ll keep at the forefront of your mind, but it could be key to you reducing your bill. There are two fixes for thirsty toilets:
– Install a dual flush, these are the ones with a split button. These ensure your toilet will only use 4-6 litres per flush. Or,
– Install a cistern displacement device, which is often free from water suppliers, and can save up to 5,000 litre of water per year.
- Become an economy kettle boiler
If there’s only two of you in the house, yet you always fill the kettle to the brim when making a cup of tea, stop yourself; only fill the kettle with the water you need for that particular boil. Again, all of those cuppas add up!
- Make your dishwasher and washing machine work harder
If you’re consistently putting your dishwasher and washing machine to work, you’re probably wasting an awful lot of water. Even devices with half-load functions will still use up more water than necessary when you only fill them half full.
Wait for washing or dirty cutlery to fill the machine and then use it. Set a rule with family members that the dishwasher and washing machine must not be turned on until full.
- Fix dripping taps
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the constantly dripping tap in the kitchen is unlikely to be doing you any financial harm, but the harsh truth is that it is something of a (not so silent) budget killer. If it’s dripping constantly for a day, your dripping tap could use up to 3 bucket-loads of water!
- Install a water meter
Fixed-cost water tariffs are often rather expensive if you’re living on your own or have a small family. Installing a water meter means you’ll only pay for what you use, and you can easily calculate how much of a potential saving you’ll enjoy from having one.
If there’s one household expense none of us can live without, its the water bill. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most overlooked when we decide to go on a cost-cutting mission. Thankfully, and as you’ll note above, there are some very simple ways to reduce your water usage and, in turn, save a surprising amount of money.