If you've recently had a new addition to the family, you'll likely be using more water to wash the baby and its clothing.
Help with your water usage
Help with your water usage
If you've received a higher than usual bill we know it can be a shock but we're here to help. There might be a simple explanation for your bill increase, which is why we've provided the self-help checks below to allow you to think about the water you've used recently.
You might also want to take our short quiz to find out why your water usage is higher than normal.
- Are there more people living in your home?
- Are you at home more than usual?
- Do you have any new water hungry water appliances in your home?
- Have you been using more water outside your home?
- Do you have a leak in your home?
Are there more people living in your home?
It's always great having your children back home from university. However, it could also be a reason for why your water use has gone up. Take a moment to think about the amount of extra showers, baths and clothes washing they've brought back home with them!
The average water used per person per day is 143 litres in England. For every additional person staying in your home, that's a lot of extra water being used each day!
Are you at home more than usual?
Perhaps you've recently started a new job that allows you to work from home more? Or perhaps you are having to spend more time at home due to illness or injury? Any of these life changes will likely increase the amount of water you use during the day.
Do you know how much water you are using? Why not complete the GetWaterFit calculator at the link below to see how much you use and what you can save.
Do you have any new water hungry appliances in your home?
The average showerhead uses 12 litres of water per minute, with power showers using around 15 litres. Given the average shower taken is around 10 minutes long, that's up to 150 litres of water every time you use the shower! Try to keep your shower duration to around 4 minutes - if every home in the UK took one minute off their shower every day it would save £215 million on our collective energy bills every year.
Surveys show a typical load of washing is usually much less than the maximum capacity of the model, so stuff in a few extra shirts to make the most of your loads.
A dishwasher on an eco setting can be more efficient than washing dishes by hand, if the dishwasher is completely full. However, recent research has found that only half of people say they use the eco setting.
Washer/dryers typically use a lot more water than standard washing machines. When buying a washing machine, check the label or specifications for water use, the best models will typically use less than 7.5 litres per kg.
Have you been using more water outside your home?
Sprinklers use as much water in one hour as a family of four uses in two days! If you have to use a sprinkler or hose pipe, try to use it in the early morning/late afternoon as this is when evaporation rates are at their lowest. Attaching a trigger nozzle on your hosepipe will halve the amount of water used and help direct the flow to the root of your plants.
Depending on the size of your water feature, whether it is a pond, paddling pool or swimming pool, you will likely need to use a significant amount of water to fill it. Keep this in mind if you notice your bill has increased.
On average, one bag of cement requires 22 litres of water for mixing. Pressure washing your patio or driveway also uses a huge amount of water.
Do you have a leak in your home?
Spotted a dripping tap? This could be wasting around 5,500 litres of water a year and could just need the washer replacing.