Saving money isn’t always easy, especially in the middle of summer, when the temperature can feel like it’s at an all-time high. However, there are ways to keep your costs down while also keeping your home comfortable and safe during these warmer months. At Tyne and Wear, we supply boilers, repair, and service them. Your boiler must stay functional and efficient to save money this summer. If you’re looking to keep your costs down while still being able to use water as much as you need, check out these five top tips on how to save on your water bill this summer.
Top 5 Tips To Reduce Your Water Bill
In most cases, the best course of action is to find out what’s causing the issue and then deal with it promptly. Here are 5 signs to look out for:
Tip 1: Take Shorter Showers
In theory, showers use less water than baths. However, if you stand in the shower long enough to come out looking like a shrivelled-up prune, this doesn’t hold true. 15 minutes in the shower uses the same amount of water as a bath, and almost doubles when using a power shower. Make your showers as quickly as possible!
Tip 2: Check For Boiler Leakage
An increase in water bills occurs when water usage is on the rise. A common cause for this is leaky appliances. If you have seen pools of water or a change in how your appliances are operating, such as a washing machine or dishwasher, go and get them repaired as soon as possible. Leaks won’t just have an impact on your monthly bills but also can cause water damage in your home. Signs of a leaky boiler may be due to a lack of water pressure. It may require topping up when the pressure starts to dip. If that occurs, there are a couple of things you can do:
Inspect your boiler pressure guide to find out if you can solve this problem. Carefully examine the vicinity of the boiler for any leakage. You might see water leaking from the walls surrounding the boiler or from a small pipe passing through the external wall near the boiler. A small leak might also be noticeable as mould or staining near the boiler. It could also affect things like warped skirting boards or countertops.
The best way to have your boiler maintained is by hiring a professional to seek out any potential problems before they arise. That way your boiler is always in top condition. Contact Tyne and Wear today to get your boiler installed, repaired or serviced.
Tip 3: Check If Your Boiler Is Functioning Properly
Your boiler may be leaking, which may also lead to problems with your water bill. If you have not maintained your boiler with a yearly service, the resulting higher water bills are a result of you having an unfixed, broken boiler. Here at Tyne and Wear, we are committed to identifying leaks in your home as soon as possible. From dripping pipes to overflowing fixtures, our team can locate water problems throughout your property and contact your insurer to get the issue resolved. If your boiler has broken we can help!
Tip 4: Check Your Radiators
When it comes to the water system, clean water without gunk and dirt will mean your heating system works more efficiently. It’s also good for the health of your boiler and central heating system. One sign that your heating system may be overheating is when you have cold spots on the bottom of your radiators or if your radiators take an excessive amount of time to heat up. If you want to check how dirty your system water is, you can bleed your radiator. However, it may be hard to see how dirty the water is as the bleed-off water will appear to be quite clear, even in dirty systems.
To avoid clogs and make sure the water can flow through properly, a special machine forces a chemical through your pipes and through the rest of your home’s water system. This is known as power flushing.
Tip 5: Programme Or Time Your Heating
Instead of setting the boiler’s timer by hand every day, you can use an app to plan when it turns on and off over 24-hour hours. With the programmer’s input, you can also set different start and end times and temperatures each day of the week. If you’re shopping for a new programmer, it should be used for you to set different temperatures for different times of the day. Customise the settings on different days of the week. Before setting up your heating schedule, don’t forget to turn the thermostat off during periods when you are not home, such as overnight. You might want to switch off the heating about 20 minutes before you’re leaving the house since there will still be some residual heat in your home.
Going even further, you can program your heating according to your daily schedule with a smart thermostat. With a Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat, you can easily turn your heating on or off with your phone. That way, if you’re running late after work, you can still save money by only heating an empty house.
Other Smart Ways You Can Save Money On Your Water Bill:
- Fix any leaky taps
- Turn off the tap whilst brushing your teeth
- Use less water when doing laundry
- Swap your hose pipe for a watering can
- If you use a dishwasher, make sure it is full, if you can avoid using it as dishwashers use more water
- Upgrade your boiler if it is not efficient
- Use cold water rather than hot when it makes sense to
- Only use the washing machine when it is full
- Avoid having baths when possible
Rise In Water Consumption
Figures are taken from Energy Saving Trust
Take a look at this graph above – it displays the different water consumption by its use. An increase in your bill might be because you’re using more than you used to. Switching your habits could be the solution, such as turning the tap off when you brush your teeth and doing your dishes at the end of the day instead of washing at separate times. Drinking more water and watching how much water you use around the house will lead to lower utility bills and have a positive impact on the environment.
7 Benefits Of Saving Water At Home
Saving water at home has many benefits, including:
- Lower water bills: Conserving water means using less of it, which leads to lower water bills.
- Reduced energy bills: Saving water also reduces the amount of energy needed to pump, treat, and distribute water, resulting in lower energy bills.
- Environmentally friendly: Conserving water reduces the strain on natural water resources and helps to protect the environment.
- Improved water quality: When less water is used, less wastewater is generated, which helps to improve water quality and reduce the amount of pollutants that enter our waterways.
- Drought resilience: Conserving water can help to build resilience against droughts, which are becoming more common due to climate change.
- Longer lifespan for water supply infrastructure: Using less water means less wear and tear on water supply infrastructure, which can help to extend its lifespan and reduce the need for costly repairs.
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions: Conserving water can also help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as less energy is needed to pump and treat water.
Overall, saving water at home is an easy way to reduce your environmental impact, save money, and promote a sustainable future.
At Tyne and Wear, we can help you save money on your water bills by replacing an old non-functional boiler. We advise you to service your boiler annually to cover any costly repairs you might have if you didn’t have a boiler cover.