How to Save Money on Your Water Bills

By Leeds Credit Union

Among the most prominent news stories of recent weeks, those regarding rising energy bills have been the ones most likely to give people in the UK sleepless nights. Unfortunately, with the focus generally being on increasing gas prices, news about the rising cost of water seems to have gone under the radar. 

In this case, ignorance isn't bliss and many households are now coming to the realisation that they have another price hike on their hands, with water bills increasing by almost 2% since March 2022, pushing the average UK household's annual cost of water up to nearly £420 (the average annual UK water bill during the 2021/2022 financial year was £408). 

With this in mind, Water Saving Week couldn't have come at a better time. Taking place from May 23rd - 27th, Water Saving Week is an annual event that raises awareness of the issues around water use. By encouraging people to share ideas and solutions to help others save water and use it more efficiently, its aim is to reduce our carbon footprints, save us money and protect the environment. 

We're always happy to take part in good causes like this, so here are our top tips for using less water and cutting your water bills.

How to cut your water bills

Wash your clothes at 30 degrees

By setting your washing machine to wash at 30 degrees instead of a higher temperature, you could reduce the amount of energy and water it uses by around 40% per year. 

Full loads only

Whether it's your washing machine or your dishwasher, wait until your appliances are full before setting them off - doing a full cycle when they're half empty is a waste of water.

Spend less time in the shower

Few things are as enjoyable and invigorating as a hot shower but by reducing the amount of time you spend in yours to just four minutes per person, per day, a typical household could knock £65 a year off their annual energy bill.

Change your shower head

Replacing your shower head with a water efficient one could knock approximately £53 a year off the water bill of a four-person household and, with many now available for £20 or less, doing so has never been more affordable.

Turn off your taps

Running taps wastes more than five litres per minute, so try to only use them when absolutely necessary. Definitely don't leave them running while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your face. When it comes to washing dishes, use a washing up bowl instead of washing everything in the sink under running water.

Steam your veg

When boiling vegetables on the hob, you don't need to immerse them in water, you just need to cover larger items' bottom halves and pop a lid on your pan. Your veg will cook just as well while reducing your water usage.

Beware drips

If you notice a tap dripping even after it's been firmly turned off, change the washer asap - dripping taps can waste in excess of 5,300 litres of water a year.

Make the most of rain water

If you're a keen gardener, install a water butt to collect rainwater and use this to water your garden instead of water from your taps - it could save you as much as 24,000 litres a year.

Plan your gardening in advance

Water outdoor plants in the early morning or at the end of the day to stop the water evaporating in the midday sun. If this happens, you'll have to water everything twice.

How Leeds Credit Union can help

If you're worried that you might be unable to afford your household bills, we can help. You could borrow from £250 to £20,000 with one of our affordable loans - for more information click here.

For more advice on reducing your bills by saving energy around your home, click here.