Fracking in the UK is about to become big business and one little known side effect of the procedure is the amount of ground water that it’ll put under stress (and cause discolouring in drinking supplies). As a result water bills may be about to increase (if not in the short term then surely long term). So, it’s imperative that – like our gas and electric bills – we strive as much as possible to reduce the impact an increase in prices will have.
Get a water meter installed
If you live alone and don’t use a lot of water then it’s probably cheaper getting a meter installed rather than being charged by the size of your house. In some cases this can result in a 20 per cent cut in water bills, according to the water services regulation authority Ofwat. That amounts to around £75 from the average bill.
Even if you’re not sure whether you will save or not it’s still worth trying out because it doesn’t cost anything to have one installed and it’s possible to swap back to the rates system within a year if you find out you’re paying more.
Keep an eye on your taps
It seems a bit obvious, but many people still allow taps to run when they shouldn’t eg in between rinsing when cleaning teeth or shaving. By the same token make sure than any dripping taps are fixed immediately by changing the washer.
Install a water saving appliance or device
Putting in an eco-friendly shower head such as an aerated version. The Ecocamel Orbit for instance will save around 70 per cent less of the water you’re currently using with your normal shower head. These types of shower heads are particularly effective with mixer showers which have a fast water flow, rather than power showers.
Bin the sprinkler or hosepipe and switch to a watering can
Now that the spring and summer are fast approaching in the UK many of us will be out in the garden trying to coax on our favourite plants with some fresh water. Leave that hose running though and it could use up a staggering one thousand litres of water an hour. An alternative water supply for the garden is rain water. Get it by introducing a water butt to the garden– some water companies supply them for free depending on your circumstances; others are prepared to offer a discount.
Replace your big WC with a low flush version
Switching to a low flow WC could save around 10 litres of water every time it’s flushed or more than 36,000 litres on an annual basis. It’ll also save you a nice £50 a year.