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How to save money on your water bill

If you are worried that you are paying too much for your water bills, unfortunately there is not the option to switch suppliers. You can, however, switch to a water meter that could save you money as you will only then be charged for the water you actually use.

Most households are entitled to have a meter fitted and your water company will not charge you for this. For information about getting a water meter fitted then contact your water company. You can find a link to your company with contact details at the foot of this page.

If you need assistance with this, homeenergysaver.com will take the first step for you - all you have to do is spend a few minutes entering your details and we will do the rest. You might be surprised by how much you could save.

Just how much a meter can save you money on your water bill will depend on your circumstances and water usage. The average unmetered customer saves on average 5-10% on their water bill after installation of a meter (source: Ofwat).

Help available with metered bills

Water Companies are required to offer help to customers on low incomes who have 3 or more children, or if a member of the household needs to use more water because of a medical condition. Your company will advise you on how to apply for a vulnerable household charge. You will need to provide evidence that you are receiving a means-tested benefit and details about your family.

If accepted on the scheme, your annual bills will be a maximum of the average bill for households in your area. Few customers are aware of the scheme so if you think this applies to you, ask the company for advice.

Other options - water saving equipment


Even if you don't have a water meter and don't plan to have one installed, you can still do your bit for the environment and water consumption by installing water saving equipment and using efficiency measures.

Water saving equipment can include:

• Cistern displacement devices that are placed in your toilet cistern and can save up to three litres of water per flush, for example Freddie Frog’, ‘Hippo’ and ‘Save-a-Flush’.
• Flushing systems that allow you to control the duration of the flush, such as Interflush and Mecon Water Saver.
• Flow restrictors that are fitted into existing basins and showers, such as ‘Tap Magic’, which can reduce water wastage by up to 70% whilst still enabling you to have the normal full flow.
• Water saving showerheads that reduce water wastage by up to 70% (six and a half litres per minute compared with 18 to 40 for normal showerheads). Be Water Efficient Our top tips for savings on your water bill:
• Don't let the tap run while brushing your teeth - you will save almost five litres of water a minute
• Before buying a new water appliance, like a dishwasher or washing machine, check for its water efficiency rating.
• Have a shower instead of a bath - they use a third of the water it takes to have a bath (*this excludes power showers, which use the same amount of water as a bath)
• Avoid using hoses and sprinklers which can use up to 1,000 litres of water per hour - instead, collect rainwater in water butts and buckets for use in the garden.
• Fix dripping taps - they can waste as much as 90 litres of water a day! Simple actions can make big differences, for more information on reducing water wastage visit: www.waterwise.org.uk

Water Companies
* Anglian Water
* Bournemouth and West Hampshire Water
* Bristol Water
* Cambridge Water
* Cholderton and District Water
* Dee Valley Water
* Dwr Cymru (Welsh Water)
* Essex and Suffolk Water
* Folkstone and Dover Water
* Mid Kent Water
* Northumbrian Water
* Portsmouth Water
* Scottish Water
* Severn Trent Water
* South Staffordshire water
* South East Water
* South West Water
* Southern Water
* Sutton and East Surrey Water
* Tendring Hundred Water
* Thames Water
* Three Valleys Water
* United Utilities Water
* Wessex Water
* Yorkshire Water

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