5 ways to save money on your water bill, according an expert

Are you spending too much money on your water bill each month?

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There's no denying that warmer temperatures are one of the best things about the summer months. There's nothing better than spending time outside with friends and family, especially when using one of the best barbecues or best hot tubs.  However, activities like these also mean something else...an increased use of water. 

Whilst there's a lot of advice out there about how to save money on energy bills, there's isn't much to do with reducing water bill costs. With this in mind, I spoke to Les Roberts, business comparison expert at Bionic, who shared his advice on how to do exactly that. 

1. Make sure your water appliances are energy efficient

One mistake people make is using outdated, inefficient washing machines and dishwashers. The higher your appliance's energy efficiency rating, the less energy and water it will use to run, and the running cost will be much lower. 

You can also improve the efficiency of your appliances in a number of ways. Running your washing machine on eco mode can slash the water usage by around 30%, and your clothes will still get a thorough clean because the cycle is longer.

2. Choose the dishwasher instead of hand washing

You might not believe this one at first, but stick with us whilst we explain why. 

If you are washing dishes by hand and leaving the tap continuously running or filling up the sink multiple times, you'll end up using more water than the average dishwashing cycle would. Using your dishwasher in an efficient way will use much less water overall than hand washing every item thoroughly.

3. Reduce the temperature of your heated water

60°c is the optimum temperature for hot water, so if you’re running water that’s hotter, you'll be wasting a lot more than you intended. 

Reducing the temperature of your water can reduce your energy costs, but make sure you know how to do this without risk of injury. The thermostat dial for a gas water heater is usually situated at the bottom of the tank whilst the dial on an electric heater may be behind a screw on panel. 

4. Fix leaking taps 

A dripping tap may not seem like a big issue, but it can waste a lot of water if left unfixed. Switching to a spray tap also reduces the amount of water coming through the tap, driving down usage and bills.

5. Consider switching to a water meter

A water meter charges you depending on how much water you use instead of a fixed rate. If your household is planning to take measures to reduce water usage, it could be worth considering getting one. 

Contact your water company for more information. Bear in mind that if you have guests staying or a larger household your usage and bill is likely to be higher and a meter is best for a household with minimal water usage.

Interested in finding out more? Read about the 5 biggest tips for saving money during the cost of living crisis. 

Lizzie Wilmot
Staff Writer, Home

Lizzie is T3's Home Staff Writer, also covering style, living and wellness. She works closely with Bethan Girdler-Maslen, T3's Home Editor, ensuring all the latest news, trends and recommendations are covered. Outside of T3, Lizzie can be found mooching around Bath, attempting (or at least trying to) a new DIY project or spending time with family and friends.