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Despite living in a country where we often receive a significant amount of rainfall, the unusually dry winter we have recently experienced has led to hosepipe bans being enforced in large parts of the country. Water regulator Ofwat has revealed that monthly bills will go up by an average of 5.7 per cent, taking the annual amount to £376. Those living in an area where a hosepipe ban has already been enforced can expect to be hit by an even bigger rise in water bills.
The last thing the average homeowner needs at the moment is to be hit by increasing water bills as the cost of household fuel is a huge financial burden on its own at the moment. So to help we have put together the following water-saving tips:
• Turn off running water in between brushes when brushing your teeth.
• When taking a shower limit the amount of time you spend in it.
• Reduce the number of baths you take, using your shower instead.
• Where possible, collect rainwater and use it to water plants and flowers rather than fill up a watering can.
• Always put a full load in the washing machine.
• Never overfill a kettle. Put the exact amount of water you need to boil.
• Don’t wash plates and cutlery under a running tap. Fill up the sink with as much water as you need.
• Rather than wait for water to go ice cold, fill up a bottle and place it in the fridge.
• Check to see whether it would be beneficial for you to have a water metre installed.
• Hang washing outside when the weather is set fair instead of using a tumble dryer.
Employ any or all of these water-saving measures and you can then consider home improvements such as conservatories in Manchester, conservatories in Liverpool or conservatories in Preston.
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