If you’re trying to cut back as much as possible at the moment, you’ve probably already thought about how you can save money on your water bill. However, sometimes it can be beneficial to get a fresh perspective. So if you feel that you’re paying too much for your water, have a quick read through this article and see if you can pick up some new tips and tricks.
2013 has been a pretty dire year for the financial sector, as many jobs have become less than stable. With that in mind, hopefully you’ll find the information below of some use.
Use Less Water
Okay, this is at the top of our list because it should already be obvious to you. Using less water means paying less money, but that doesn’t mean that you should stop washing! In fact, people generally find that turning the tap off whilst brushing teeth and washing up dishes is the most sensible contribution.
Also, try to get a shower installed, as they use far less water than your average bath.
Performing Water Heater Maintenance
Whether you choose to pay a professional, or undertake the job yourself using a specially designed eberspacher service kit, performing proper maintenance on your water heater can save on energy costs and considerably extend the lifespan of this device.
If your home has a hot water cylinder, try to pick up some insulation and fitting it around your pipes, as this can save around £45 per year.
Install Effective Controls
With old boilers and water heaters, you may find that your control panel is less than adequate. If this applies to the one sat in your home, head down to your local hardware store and inquire about getting a more suitable control mechanism.
Always make sure you set control panels correctly, as you probably only need hot water at particular times throughout the day. So, if you only wash up dishes and bathe in the evening, adjust the controls accordingly. This is guaranteed to save a lot of money over a 12 month period.
If your heating is electric or oil orientated, try calling your energy supplier and asking how you go about switching to gas (which is much cheaper). Although you might have to pay some upfront fees for the conversion, these will almost certainly be recouped by your savings on bills.
Try Solar Power
With the UK Government running schemes to help make solar power profitable at the moment, perhaps it’s a good time to invest in some roof panels. Solar power has many advantages, not least that, if you opt into one of the Government approved schemes, your home will feed energy back into the grid, allowing you to create a small bonus at the end of the year.
So there you have it my thrifty friends. A quick and simple guide to saving much needed cash on water bills. Now all you need to do is work out which options most suit your current situation.