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Making your money go further

Water

If you’re worried about how much you’re paying for your water bills, here are some ways you can save money:

  • Water Meter – This may be a cheaper option if you are a low user. To apply, get a form from Bristol Water and also ask your landlord’s permission.
  • Watersure (a capped meter) – If you have 3 or more children under the age of 19, or a family member has a disability which means you use more water, you may be eligible for a capped meter. To apply, visit Bristol Water.
  • Payment PlanCall Wessex Water (0345 600 3600) and explain your situation – they are VERY understanding.
  • 20% discount for eligible pensioners- If you are in receipt of pension credit you can apply for a bill reduction of around 20%, just fill out a form here or call Wessex Water on 0345 600 3 600
  • Water Assist and Restart – You need to fill out one application form to ask for lower bills OR help with debt. You can speak with an advice agency to seek independent advice if this is the only thing you want help with.

Reduce your water usage:

  1. Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth. You don’t need it on and turning it off can save 6 litres of water per minute.
  2. Reduce the amount of water used in each flush. You can do this by using a “hippo bag” or “save-the-flush” bag, which can save 5,000 litres a year. Just ask Wessex Water for one.
  3. Take a shorter shower. Showers can use anything between 6 and 45 litres per minute.
  4. Fully load your washing machine and dishwasher. Washing small loads regularly wastes a lot of water, so it can help to wash only once the machine is full, if possible.
  5. Fix a dripping tap. A dripping tap can waste 15 litres of water a day, or 5,500 litres of water a year.
  6. Water your garden with a watering can rather than a hosepipe. A hosepipe uses 1,000 litres of water an hour. With a watering can, you can even water your plants with water collected while your shower is heating up, or leftover bath water. Mulching your plants (with bark chippings, heavy compost or straw) and watering in the early morning and late afternoon will reduce evaporation and also save water.
  7. Fill a jug with tap water and place this in your fridge. This can save you wasting water by running it until it becomes cold before you fill your glass. This can save 4 litres a day.
  8. Don’t rinse your dishes under running water. Just 10 minutes of rinsing dishes can waste 100 litres of water. Instead, fill the washing up bowl with soapy water you can use to rinse the dishes.
  9. Get water saving aids for free. These can include shower heads, tap restrictors and “save-a-flush” bags.