Did you know there are now more ways than ever before to reduce the amount you pay for your water and sewerage services?
Unfortunately thousands of customers are not aware of this and miss out on savings worth millions of pounds every year.
But by investing a few minutes in reading our top tips you and your household could soak up some significant savings:
Consider switching to a meter
- For many households the most effective way of cutting their water bill is to have a water meter installed free of charge. Some people can save more than £100 a year and there’s usually an option to switch back to your original unmeasured charges within the first year, or even longer in some cases, if you change your mind. It won’t benefit everyone but as a ‘rule of thumb’ if your property has more bedrooms than people living there it’s definitely worth checking if you could save. Use our online calculator to find out how much, if anything, you would be likely to save.
Stop paying for a service you don’t receive
- If you have a soak-away in your garden – which drains all of the surface water from your property back into the earth – you can apply for the surface water drainage charges to be removed from your bills. This will typically save you about £35 a year. Read more in our blogIf you’ve got a septic tank instead of a connection to the sewerage system you shouldn’t be paying a penny in sewerage charges. Check your bill – it could save you around £200 a year.
Sign up to WaterSure
- If you’re already on a water meter but have high usage needs due to a large family or a medical condition, and you also receive income-related benefits, then the WaterSure scheme can help. All water companies in England and Wales offer the scheme which limits the amount you are charged each year. Find out more here
Ask for help if you are on a low income
- Most water companies in England and Wales now offer reduced ‘social tariffs’ for customers on lower incomes. In some cases this can reduce your bills by more than 50 per cent. Find out if you’re likely to qualify for help and how to apply by visiting our online guide
Fish for some freebies
- If you’re a metered customer then using water more efficiently will cut your water bill. Many water companies now offer free water-saving devices – all you need to do is pick up the phone and ask for some. And even if you aren’t metered, using hot water more wisely can help reduce your energy bills.