Background Case Study:-
My home is a band F house in Belle Vue Road. It has three
bedrooms and a medium sized garden. It has two showers, two
toilets, bath plus a dishwasher and washing machine. We are
a family of two adults and one 12 year old. We use the dishwasher
daily, washing machine 5 times per week and we all shower
One shower does have an eco-setting that reduces the water
flow slightly and we have one dual flush toilet.
When we bought the house (May 2008) an annual water bill
(based on our banding) was issued for £443.
I immediately requested a water meter, waited until August
2008 to have it fitted and was subsequently sent a payment
plan requesting 12 monthly instalments of £21, equating
to £252 per annum
Based on our actual usage over the previous year, in August
2009 our payment per month was reduced to £13 and our
annual bill £156. The meter will be read again in August
2010 and I expect our bill to be around £140.
The water meter has reduced our water costs by £300
per annum or approximately £6 per week. We still do
everything just as before, including watering our garden when
the water butt is empty!
Smaller households can save considerably more, particularly
older residents who may live alone and have a higher council