How To Cut Down Your Water Bills

Water bills are fast becoming a major headache for many households in the UK.

Water bills are increasingly becoming of significant concern for many households.

Back in the days when I was still working in the energy sector, I was continually asked by customers whether we could help to switch their water suppliers too and reduce their bill.

The answer was always an unfortunate no.

At the moment around 5.4 million households (23%) in England and Wales are spending more than 3% of their income on their water bills – more than 2.6 million of those households (11%) are spending in excess of 5% of their income.

Deregulation is coming, it just isn’t going to be available to domestic customers for a while yet.

With all this in mind, I thought I’d put together some great hacks to help you reduce the cost of your water bills.

How do I reduce my water bills?

Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth 

If you spend an average of five minutes brushing your teeth, you may be interested to know that running the tap whilst doing so is using roughly 6 litres of water per minute – that’s 30 litres a day you’re throwing away – twice a day!

In any sized household that’s a waste, however for a family of four or five that’s an awful lot of money being washed down the drain.

Fit a cistern displacement device

Cistern displacement devices reduce the volume of water used in each flush.

They are fairly cheap at around  £19.95 and well worth the investment when you consider the amount of ‘ones’ and ‘twos’ deposited in your household on a daily basis.

Take shorter showers

I used to live with a friend who could spend hours in the shower – I’m not joking.

When you consider showers use anything between 6 and 45 litres of water per minute, it may not be quite so difficult to drag you out of there a little bit quicker.

If you usually spend 10-15 minutes taking your morning shower, try reducing it down by half.

You’ll have to wash your bits and bobs a bit quicker, but over the course of a year it will help to seriously reduce your water usage.

Only wash full loads

Doing a series of small loads in your dishwasher and washing machine is spending unnecessary money.

Only use your dishwasher and washing machine when they are full.

Not only will this save money on your water bill, it also reduces costs on your electricity, detergents and fabric softeners – absolute no brainer!

Fix dripping taps

Believe it or not, a dripping tap can waste 15 litres of water a day, that’s 5,500 litres of water you’ve paid for and had no use out of over the course of the year.

If you have more than one tap dripping, you’re throwing even more away.

It really is cheaper to fix them.

Chill water

Hands up who runs the tap until the water is running cold enough?

You wouldn’t be on your own.

Fill a jug with tap water and place it in the fridge. Hey presto… no more running taps!

Buy a watering can

A hosepipe kicks out around 1,000 litres of water an hour, that’s a lot of money lost in the process regardless of how much you love your garden.

Buy a watering can, mulch your plants with bark chippings, heavy compost or straw and water them early in the morning and late evening to reduce evaporation and save water – it will save you a lot of money on your water bills in the long run.

Install a water butt

Install a water butt to your drainpipe and use the water it collects to water your plants, wash you car and even wash your windows.

That’s free water right there sent from the heavens, take advantage of that freebie and stop paying for it yourself!

Swap to water efficient goods

I’m not saying swap your perfectly working washing machine, this blog is about being thrifty after all.

However, when they need replacing, make sure you do opt for water efficient household products.

There are many water efficient household products available such as taps, toilets, shower-heads, dishwashers and washing machines – some are cheap enough to install straight away.

Final word

As you can see, there are many things you can do to save money on your water bills.

If you have young children maybe offer up a treat with the money you save in return for them becoming more water efficient.

If, after trying everything to reduce your bill you’re still struggling with payments and have gotten into arrears, speak to your supplier.

As daunting as it can sometimes seem, they are much more reasonable when you contact them to say you are having difficulty paying, rather than them having to chase you for payment.

Try and arrange a payment plan to pay back what you owe.

If you’re still struggling to keep up with you payments after all that, you may want to seek financial advice from Citizens Advice or the Money Advice Service who can offer fee impartial financial advice.

The Debt Camel and  is also a great source of information when it comes to dealing with debt.

Have you ever had difficulty paying your water bills? Do you feel we are charged too much?

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David Naylor is the editor of the Thinking Thrifty blog. An award winning personal finance and lifestyle blogger, he shows how it is possible to live extremely well for less.
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7 thoughts on “How To Cut Down Your Water Bills

  1. Thanks for the tips! I can fully understand your friend who spends hours in the shower though… Especially during the autumn and winter a hot shower is just perfect before going to bed.

    An easy way to cut my water bill is to shower at the gym, where I used to go almost every day. In the beginning I’ve simply put on another t-shirt and went home to take a long shower, but found out that a 5 minute shower after a workout is more beneficial, especially if the water is just warm and not too hot.
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    1. To be honest he suffered with horrendous OCD, it was one of his habits. I’m a sufferer myself, but I count (like everything) and my habits are all to do with even numbers! Totally agree with the gym shower, I half considered doing a blog of the cheekiest ways to cut down your bills using other places! Might just go ahead and do that now hahaha!

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