Water coming out of a tapQ: How can I reduce my water bill?

A: The answer to this question depends firstly on whether you have a water meter or not. If you do have a water meter, then the simple answer is use less water – as you are charged only for the water you use.

Easy ways to save include: swapping baths for five minute showers; turning off taps when brushing your teeth; keeping hose pipe use to a minimum; and even only flushing the toilet when you really ‘have’ to!

If you don’t have a meter, and you have more bedrooms than people living in your home, then you’d probably find your bills would reduce by about £50 a year if you had a meter fitted. But beware! Once your meter is fitted, it can’t easily be removed, so make sure this is the best move for you and your family.

Andrea Ventress, Money expert


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