gas and electricity bills rising fast and winter closing in, it’s important to
save money where you can. Here’s how to save money on one bill you really can
control: your water bill.
Switch from baths to showers
Baths may be relaxing, but they’re also much more expensive than the alternative. If your family of four swaps one bath every week to a five-minute shower you’ll be saving yourself £25 every year.
Not only will your water bill get cheaper, your gas bill will see a drop as well. Switching from baths to showers will cut £15 from you annual gas bill.
Buy a new showerhead
It may sound strange, but the right showerhead can save you some serious money on your water bill. Switching to a water-efficient showerhead can cut down your water bill by £95 every year. If you add the £65 you’ll save on your gas bill, that’s a total savings of £160 every single year.
Use only what you need
Being thrifty with your water, in addition to being good for the environment, can be great for your wallet. Instead of filling up your kettle when you fancy a cuppa, boil just the amount of water you’re going to need. Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth rather than letting it run. Also wait until your dishwasher or washing machine is totally full before you run it. All of these little fixes could save you a total of £52 per year.
Rely on rainwater
An entire industry has grown up around water efficiency, so don’t be afraid to investigate all of your options. A water butt, for example, can collect rainwater for use later on the plants and lawn of your garden. While a water butt may be a bit of an investment, keen gardeners can save a bundle by setting the hose aside and recycling rain to keep their plants well watered during dry spells.
Consider a water meter
If your water bill is calculated based on the size of your house, you may be better off having a water meter fitted. These meters calculate the exact amount of water you use and bill you accordingly. Using this method can be much cheaper and gives you more control over your bill.
Warning: Late repayment can cause you serious money problems. For help, go to moneyadviceservice.org.uk