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Our 5 Tips to Reducing Your Water Bill

Friday, January 10th, 2014


Our 5 Tips to Reducing Your Water Bill

With ever increasing prices being charged for utilities, it is important for us all to look at ways we can reduce consumption and in turn our bills, below are our Top 5 Tips for saving both water and money.

Water Meter

Whilst many of us now have a water meter fitted, there may be some homes which are yet to have one installed.  Paying for the water that you use rather than a rate based on your home could lead to cheaper bills.

Turn off Taps

We can waste a surprising amount of water simply by leaving taps running whilst washing up or brushing teeth.  With several litres wasted each time you brush your teeth, by turning off the taps during this twice a day ritual, savings can soon add up in the family household. Fixing a leaking tap is also worthwhile, as again a tap that is constantly dripping is costing you money.

Shower vs Bath

Opting to shower rather than bath has long been recognised as a money saver, but we can still end up using a vast amount of water during a shower. By shortening the time spent in your shower or reducing the rate at which the water flows through installing an efficient showerhead, you will again reduce consumption and save money on your bill.

Water Efficient Products

It’s worth exploring those products which facilitate reduced water usage, from dual flush toilets which can save several litres per flush compared to single flush models, to lower flow taps where water can again be saved. When looking to install more efficient white goods, taking the time to research what’s on offer is very worthwhile, as when it comes to replacing items such as dishwashers and washing machines water usage for these machines varies greatly, even though eco-friendly functions are now a main feature on most models.  You can still save water usage on existing models by ensuring dishwashers and washing machines are fully loaded before use.


Given our climate, installing a water butt in the garden is another good move, helping the environment as well as your pocket through making use of the rain water that we have an abundance of.


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Some Simple Advice On How To Save Money By Reducing You Water Bills.

Monday, October 7th, 2013

We have all read about gas and electricity prices rising and rising. The hot topic at the moment is to see whether fracking will help lower our bills.

Most reports conclude that Fracking will not lower our bills like it has in America. We are not in the same situation as the US.

Fracking uses an awful lot of water and will be taken from the local groundwater supplies local to the fracking sites. The Thames region has already warned that the water bills are due to rise by about 12%.

The industry for water has already cautioned that the areas that are undergoing Shale Gas Extraction will be put under serious pressure of water stress.

In the village of Balcombe in Sussex, test drilling has already come under huge protest and the villagers are already having to use water from other sources because the village’s tap water is discoloured!

Tina Rothery who is part of RAFF, (Residents Action on Fylde Fracking) explained that not enough thought has been put into understanding all the implications of having millions of gallons of water removed from the local supplies.

The Fracking policy and costs are set out by the water regulator, the Government and Activists.

So although we may not be able to influence the bigger decisions, we can still help to reduce costs in our own lives by making some changes ourselves.

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So, that being said..

What type of Shower Head do you have?

Get yourself a revolutionary aerated shower head. For example The Ecocamel Orbit is an odd looking shower head, it is a hollow ring with 40spiral jet holes. Trialled by a family over the summer this shower head uses more than 70% less water than an average shower head.  If a family of 4 people used this shower head for seven minutes per day each. Their combined heating and water bill could reduce up to £240 per year.

How old is your toilet?

Is it the same lavatory that was in your house when you moved in? Perhaps you wanted to have an authentic and period toilet to fit in with the other décor. The problem is that older toilets use about 13litres of water per flush. By investing in a modern ultra-low flush toilet that only uses about 3 litres of water per flush. Every time that you use your new low flush toilet, you will be saving 10 litres of water! That is more than 700 litres per week, Over 36,000 litres a year. Reduce the waste and reduce your bills.  If currently you still have a 13litre toilet. You can still reduce water waste by displacing the water in the cistern with a brick or two.

Save your bathwater!

Water companies charge us twice, once for the use of water and once for the water that we take but don’t use. This is called “grey” water.

Water butts are a great investment, they collect the rain water and you can water your gardens and plants at no cost. You could even send your waste water (bath water) to a soakaway, just make sure that you stop any soap scum or hair from getting into the supply by using a fine mesh and some hairgrips in the plug hole.


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