How to save water and cut your 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

Let's take a closer look at ways to save water and energy.

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How to cut your water bills

Making a few small changes to how and when you use water can make s big difference when it comes to cutting the cost of your utility bills.

Cut the amount of water you use

It sounds simple enough, but in practice cutting the amount of water you use isn't that straightforward - especially if you have kids who insist on spending hours in the shower.

But following these tips can help cut both your water bills and your energy bills.

  • 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.

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. The same rule applies to your energy bills, but energy suppliers will often give a discount if you pay by monthly Direct Debit. To find out more, go to our guide on energy bill payment methods. If your bills are still to high, compare energy prices to see if you can find a cheaper deal with a new supplier.

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.

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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