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Saving money on your water bills

Saving water in the home is not only better for the environment, it can also save you money on your bills. If you're on a water meter, you will be billed according to the amount of water you use - so the less you use, the less you will have to pay.

What you can do

Here are some simple ideas for ways to save water in your home and garden:

  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth - leaving the tap running can waste up to 6 litres of water every minute
  • Consider a low-flush toilet which uses less water with each flush, or add a 'hippo' or 'save-a-flush' block to your cistern to cut down on the amount of water used
  • Wait until your washing machine or dishwasher is full before turning it on
  • When boiling the kettle or water for cooking, use only as much water as you need - it'll save on your energy bills too!
  • Use rainwater butts to collect water for gardening
  • Get any leaks or dripping taps fixed
  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge so you will always have cold water to hand without having to run the taps to get the water to run through cold

Other information and advice

Thames Water offer a range of free items, including attachments for your taps or shower, to help you use water more efficiently.

MSE’s Academy of Money - Free course to give you the skills and knowledge to master your finances. The course was written by The  Open University, with MoneySavingExpert providing support and guidance.

Westminster Citizen's Advice have a Saving Water leaflet on how to manage utility bills.

Waterwise has information about using and saving water and what you can do. 

The Money Helper website offers advice on saving money on water bills.

Last updated: 26/07/2021