Consumer Council for Water
Frightfully good ways to save this Halloween
Receiving your water bill is enough to send shivers down the spine, especially if you are already struggling financially. Our latest Water for All report shows that about 3 million households currently find their water bill unaffordable – but there are ways to slash your charges. We’ve compiled some of our simple tricks to help take the fear factor out of paying your water bill this Halloween and beyond.
Spook-tacularly easy ways to save
There are many ghoulishly good ways to save on your water bill and the good news is you don’t need a witches spell book. For many households, one of the most effective ways to save could be to switch to a water meter. Your water company will install one for free and – in most cases – give you up to two years to decide if it’s right for you. Avoid nasty surprises by trying our Water Meter Calculator before making a decision. It’s easy to use, and in just a few minutes will give you a good indication whether you could be better off.
Don’t be scared to ask for help
It can be a frightening prospect to ask for help, however water companies recognise that sometimes people can struggle to pay their bills. That’s why all water companies have social tariffs which can help cash-strapped households reduce bills by as much as 90 per cent. There is also the WaterSure scheme, which can cap bills for low-income customers that use a lot of water for essential family or health reasons.
Additional support can also come in the form of ‘payment breaks’, which are designed to help households who are just about managing to get through scary periods. Whatever your circumstances, don’t suffer in silence – it is always worth getting in touch with your supplier to find out about the support it can offer.
Don’t be left in the dark when it comes to extra support
Our Benefits Calculator and Grants Search Tool can shed light on whether you’re missing out on additional financial support. The calculator helps you identify whether you are entitled to a wide range of means-tested benefits, while the grants search tool scours more than 3,000 charitable funds to see if you might qualify for assistance.
Simple water-saving tricks that work a treat
Saving water doesn’t need to be a nightmare. If you are a metered customer, it can have a big impact on your water bill, so it pays to use water wisely. Our website is packed full of simple tricks to help you save. For extra help, why not visit your water company’s website and look at the free water-saving devices it offers.
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