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Overestimating your water bills: It pays to know

July 1, 2008 at 2:54 am

After watching the following complaint on the BBC News website, I started to think about the unfairness of overestimating a person’s water bill. Whilst some people are extremely careful about how much water they use, others barely give the subject a second thought. Despite individual efforts, a person’s bill will still be based on the rateable value of their property. Many people carry on paying this way, not realising that a water-meter could be far cheaper for their needs. Although this is an uncertain method of paying your water bill, you need to weigh up the pros and cons of paying an unmeasured charge. An elderly person living alone, for instance, is not going to use the same amount of water as a family of four. Yet they may end up paying the same amount. Be sure before you switch, as after 12 months, you may not be able to switch back.

It is important to keep in touch with your water supplier in case they implement any changes (e.g. cost). To find out exactly how much you might save, you can ask your company to provide you with its ‘water meter calculator’.

To find out the most efficient way to pay your water bills, please visit uSwitch.com and type in your postcode. Available options include switching to a water-meter and switching your water supplier.

To check the efficiency of uSwitch.com, I decided to find out how much money I could save. The unmeasured charge we pay is £402 per year. However, according to uSwitch, if we were to switch to a water meter, we would make a total saving of £90.34 per annum. Prior to this research, I had no idea that this was the case.

Click here to find out more about free water saving devices. Please read the Citizen’s Advice Bureau’s water supply guide for further information and advice.

It pays to know your water flow.

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