Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The average household water bill will rise by £6 from April, but there are lots of ways to save money

According to Water UK the average water and sewerage bill in England and Wales will rise by £6 to £395 in 2017/18, an increase of two per cent.

These figures are based on an average bill, but what you and I will actually end up paying will vary depending on our individual circumstances. Some people will see increases that might be more or less than this average.

Households can’t switch provider, but there are things that you can do to help reduce your water consumption:

1. Store cold water in the fridge. Instead of running the tap until the water is cold why not fill a bottle or container and store it in your fridge? This works particularly well if you use a jug with a water filter.

2. Reduce how long you shower for. By reducing the time you shower by two minutes, you can save almost 5660 litres of water per year.  Depending on the type of shower you have it may also be more cost effective to shower instead of having a bath which uses an average of 80 litres of water compared to 62 litres for an 8 minute shower. However, a note of caution is needed as some power showers can use up to 136 litres in 8 minutes. 

3. Don't let the water run when shaving or brushing your teeth. To rinse off your razor while shaving, you can use a cup of hot water and when brushing your teeth, you can fill up a cup and turn off the tap. According to Water Wise, if you leave the tap running it wastes 6 litres per minute, so turning the tap off when brushing can save around 12-18 litres per time.

4. Install a low-flow shower head. Installing a low-flow shower head can reduce the amount of water you use while showering by as much as 50 per cent. Other water saving devices can cut consumption by around 25 per cent with some products cutting consumption by 50 per cent. As an example, if you had an average 7 litre toilet and swapped it for a 4/2.5 dual flush then the saving can be roughly 80 litres per day.  However installing a new toilet comes at a cost and should perhaps only be considered if your current toilet needs replacing.
5. Run full loads of dishes and laundry. Running washing machines and dishwashers only when they are full will reduce the number of times you need to run them which will use less water.

6. Consider switching to a water meter.  You can use a water meter calculator available at www.ccwater.org.uk to find out whether you might save money by switching to a water meter.

7. Check pipes, toilets and taps for leaks.  According to Water Wise, leaking taps waste at least 5,500 litres of water a year; that's enough water wasted to fill a paddling pool every week for the whole summer. Mending your dripping tap washer could save you over £18 a year.

8. Low-income households may be able to gain financial support from their water company as 18 out of 21 water companies will have social tariffs in place from April 1, which over time can help to reduce water bills.  Contact your water company to find out if you qualify.

If you are looking to have plumbing work done in your home you can source a local qualified and reputable plumber via our search facility at www.FindAQualityPlumber.co.uk. The online database allows you to search via a number of criteria including postcode, town or by specific business name.
 
Note to plumbers.  APHC Certification Ltd. administers a Competent Persons Scheme to enable plumbing and heating engineers to self-certify plumbing and heating works that fall under the scope of Building Regulations.

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