Plenty of people will save money with a water meter as opposed to the old method of just paying a flat rate for water each month. But if you’re one of those who is spending more, there are methods you can use to start turning the tide back in your favour again.
We’ve collated some tips and hints to help you save water and save money in the process.
Make sure you make the most of rainwater
If you don’t yet have at least one water butt in your garden, make sure you add one now. They’re not expensive, and you can purchase them in different sizes and styles. It’s also possible to buy connector kits to connect one to another, so when the first one is full, the spill-over goes straight into the next one, and so on.
This is ideal for gardeners and much cheaper than getting water from the tap. Nothing beats rainwater for quality and nutrients for your garden, either. And remember, you can always take water from it to water your plants indoors as well.
Don’t leave taps running
How often do you leave the tap running when you brush your teeth? If you do, it’s money down the plughole. Turn it off until you need it, and use as little as you can.
When it comes to washing up, you can save by filling a bowl with water and doing one load of washing up at a time. This is better than constantly rinsing things under a running tap, where it’s easy to lose track of how much water you are using.
Install a water-saving gadget in your toilet tank
This limits the amount of water required to fill the tank. If your toilet has the option of a half- or full-flush, so much the better. Use the half-flush whenever you can to limit the amount used.
Replace old appliances with water-efficient ones
This applies to things like washing machines and dishwashers. While it’s probably not advisable to change a perfectly-good machine, you should look for a water-efficient one when you do need to replace what you have now. This basically means it has been designed to be more efficient with both water and energy.
Shower or bath?
Showers can use a lot less water than a bath, but it depends how long you are going to be in there for. If you are keen to have a quick shower, it is definitely going to use less water and therefore be cheaper than a bath. If you do opt for a bath, try and use less water in it rather than filling it to the top.
As you can see, there is a lot you can do to bring down your water bills once you have a water meter. Furthermore, you could try other things not mentioned here. You’d be surprised how many tips and tricks there are to help save as much water – and money – as possible.