How to save money on water bills and reduce your water consumption

Water bills can easily creep up without you noticing. It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your monthly bills, as it can help you identify ways to save, and make sure you aren’t using more water than you need.

It also means you can spot any issues and query them with your water company, or address them yourself. For example, you may have a leak that’s caused a sharp increase in your bill. Here’s some other ways you can cut your water bill.

Only use what you need

The best way to save money on your water bill is to only use what you need. A lot of us get into terrible habits which lead to us wasting a bucket load of water.

Here’s some good habits to get into that will save you money and help the environment:

  • Not leaving the tap running while you brush your teeth
  • Swap baths for showers where possible
  • Don’t spend too long in the shower
  • Fill up your dishwasher before using it
  • Steam your vegetables instead of boiling them
  • Leave the washing up. Yes, you heard us. Wait until you have enough dishes to make filling your sink worthwhile.
  • Turn off your shower while you scrub/clean/shave.
  • Fix dripping taps, they waste a lot more water than you might think
  • Water your garden with a watering can rather than a hose pipe
  • Only flush the toilet when you really need to, on average each flush used a whopping seven litres!

Smart energy effective gadgets

Thankfully, there’s some smart gadgets you can get that can help you to save water. There’s the more simple water saving parts such as shower heads that help regulate water use and taps that help regulate the flow of water from your tap. Some of which you can get free from your water company. You can also invest in things such as gadgets that monitor how much water you use in the shower and tell you when to stop.

Using energy efficient appliances to reduce your water bills

Appliances these days are becoming more and more energy efficient. There may be the initial costs of buying energy efficient appliances, but you'll save in the long run. For example, it’s well worth buying washing machines and dishwashers that use a lot less water. It’s better kinder to the environment as well as your wallet.

Use a water meter

There’s a lot of debate over whether or not it’s cheaper to have a water meter, but in a lot of cases you can save money. It’s thought that the average household can save about £100 a year by getting a meter. You can figure out how much you could save using the Consumer Council For Water free water meter calculator. It usually makes sense to get one if there are more or the same number of bedrooms in your house than people.

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