Are your plumbing appliances costing you too much money?
Your leaky plumbing appliances could be adding to your water bill
We have all felt the pinch this year so far. With rising monthly bills, our wages don’t seem to be making much of a dent in our accounts anymore, and this is only set to get worse throughout the year. One way we can look to save money is on our monthly water bill. Taking a look at the efficiency of our plumbing appliances, ensuring we don’t have any leaks and making just a few simple changes around the house could dramatically reduce our water costs and give our wallets some breathing space!
Our plumbing appliances are something we often take for granted. Putting on laundry loads throughout the day, washing our dishes in the dishwasher and even flushing our toilets are all things we do without really thinking about it. But your appliances could be wasting your money if they are older or they are hiding secret leaks! The first thing to check is whether your plumbing appliances are leaking in any way and if they are, get them fixed or replaced as soon as you can.
Are your plumbing appliances energy-efficient?
With the price of water being what it is and the cost of energy only expected to go up in the future, many homeowners are looking for ways to save money on their water bills. In fact, if you want to save money on your water bill, it makes sense to look at the costs of your energy, too. One of the easiest ways to cut down on water consumption is to buy energy-efficient appliances.
If you are in the market for new plumbing appliances, you will want to consider the energy-efficiency rating they have. A+++ is one of the highest ratings your appliances can receive, and opting for these over their less efficient counterparts could save up upwards of £50.00 per year! This might seem like a small amount, but if you have 4 plumbing appliances all rated G (low efficiency) and you install new kitchen appliances that are A+++, this could be a saving of over £200.00.
All of your plumbing appliances use water, from your dishwasher to your refrigerator, and they all use energy. If you have appliances that are more than ten years old, it’s probably time to look for replacements. These days, you can find a variety of energy-efficient appliances that use less water and energy, and in many cases, they’re even more affordable than their predecessors.
Other tips to saving on your water bill this year
The average water bill has increased by 50% since 2010 and has only been growing since this time. With the economy and environment in constant need of support, it is more important than ever to save money where you can. The first step is to figure out where you are using the most water. The biggest water hogs are usually your toilets and dishwashers, but there are other things you can do to save money.
Considering switching to a metered supply – Most water bills in the UK follow ‘best rates’. This rate will be dependent on your home value and disregards how much water you use. Switching to a metered supply means you only pay for the amount of water you use.
Opt for a shower over a bath – Whilst we all like a bath after a long day, choosing a bath every time could be wasting a lot of your water. With an average bath taking 80 litres and a shower only using 35, we know which one your water bill would prefer!
Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth – Many of us are guilty of leaving the tap running whilst brushing our teeth. If you have up to 5 people in your home and they all do this, you will lose an extra 20 litres of water per day.
Wash up your bowls – don’t use the dishwasher – With a dishwasher using 55 litres of water per use, it might be time to switch to the sink for smaller loads. Save your dishwasher for when you have larger parties and need a quick turnaround of plates.
Install a water butt and ignore the hose – Did you know that the average garden hose uses 10 litres of water per minute! Your garden doesn’t need water every day. Consider installing a water butt in your garden to collect rainwater and use this to water your plants during the summer months.
This may also interest you:
Three Counties Plumbing will help you save money in 2022
Three Counties Plumbing & Heating is a company dedicated to providing the best customer service possible. With a lot of experience in the plumbing industry, we pride ourselves on being able to offer our customers the best plumbing services available. Whether you need support to fix a leaky tap or you are looking to replace your boiler, we have various services that are available to our customers.
Three Counties Plumbing offers plumbing repairs and installation, drain and toilet support, drips, leaks and burst pipe assistance, to name just a few services. We also provide emergency plumbing services for those who can’t wait until the regular business hours to get the plumbing fixed. Customers can also call Three Counties Plumbing for the installation or repair of any bathroom or kitchen fixtures. Give us a call today if you need support to reduce your water bills in 2022.
Got an emergency?
We offer a responsive 24/7 Call Out Service