In April, water costs increased by an average of 2.3%, resulting in an average water bill of £395. Unlike other utilities, those that, for example, supply electricity and broadband, you cannot switch to another water supplier to find a better deal.
But even if you cannot change the water company, there are ways to save money. Here are a few of them.
Water suppliers provide water-saving equipment for free
There are many free offers from water companies that can help you reduce the use of water and, consequently, reduce the water bill.
The website Save Water Save Money lists all the free offers, and if you enter your zip code, you will see all the options available to you.
The free offers include: a shower head with a water regulator, which helps to use only 8 liters of water per minute instead of the standard 15 liters, a four-minute shower timer, pressure regulators that reduce the water supply to 5 liters per minute instead of the standard 10 liters.
According to the data, if a family of four people replaced an ineffective shower head with a water-saving nozzle, they could save about £75 for gas and about £120 for water every year.
Change taking a bath for taking a shower and close the tap when brushing your teeth
There are many simple ways to reduce the amount of water that you use, which will save you money on water bills.
Firstly, you can take a shower instead of a bath, and secondly, take the habit of closing the tap while you brush your teeth or shave. It is estimated that an open tap during cleaning teeth wastes more than 6 liters of water per minute.
If a family of four people replace the bath for a 5-minute shower at least several times a week, they will be able to cut the water bill by about £25 for water and about £15 for gas.