Every day in the UK we waste about 1,200 Olympic size swimming pools of water. If you’ve got a meter that’s money down the drain.
Big bills can lead to debt problems like water arrears, so it makes money sense to be wise with water!
You’ll be shocked how much money you can save on your water bill by making seriously simple changes.
1. The best things in life are free!
Water companies are eager to help you save and offer several handy little gadgets for free that you can easily install.
There are shower timers (like egg timers) you can stick next to your shower to remind you not to take long, expensive showers. You can get regulators or tap inserts to limit your flow rate and cistern devices that absorb water making toilet flushes more economical. Find out what freebies your water company offer.
2. Brush, save, repeat
Twice a day, regular as clockwork, we stand at the sink to brush our teeth. In this time six litres of water a minute disappears down the plug-hole. Say you do that for three minutes, twice a day – that’s 36 litres…for each person in your home. So a family of four will waste 144 litres of water a day cleaning their teeth.
Turn off the tap! Simple but effective. Not letting the tap constantly run will save water and money!
3. Don’t be a drip
It depends on how bad it is but a leaking tap can waste as much as 1 litre an hour. In a week that’s enough to fill a bathtub.
Fix the leak: Fixing leaks can be simple to do and generally it won’t take you long. Here’s a step-by-step video you can follow.
4. Shrink your shower
A five minute shower uses about 35 litres of water. But stay in there longer and your bills could really spiral.
Time it! I know sticking to five minutes is hard, especially if you’ve got a family (I’m thinking teenagers). So, a handy trick is to stick a timer (I explained how to get a free timer in my first tip) next to your shower so you know when time’s up.
There’s no guarantee your family will pay any attention to it but hopefully over time they’ll become more aware of their usage.
5. Wait to wash
It may sound obvious to only use the washer when you’ve got a full load but in a busy family home it’s not that easy. Try to remember washing machines use 14% of all water in the home.
A problem halved is money saved: if the dirty school uniforms can’t wait just press the half-load button. You’ll save water and energy (the same advice goes for dishwashers too).
6. Ditch the hose
Using a hosepipe to wash the car can use up to 1,000 litres of water every hour!
Use a bucket, saving you hundreds upon hundreds of litres of water. Not so practical if your tap is far away from your car but worth the effort for the money you’ll save.
Help with water arrears
If you’re struggling with your bill visit our page on water arrears for more information on what to do if you’re behind and how to get back on track.
For debt help now use our confidential online advice tool Debt Remedy – you’ll get a tailored budget and personal action plan to deal with your situation.
Statistics courtesy of Northumbrian Water, 2013.