The average water bill is set to rise to as much as £420 this year, with the number of people needing help paying for this utility expected to rise from 1.1million to 1.4million
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We all feel the pinch of the Cost of Living Crisis – but there may be some tricks you can use to lower your bills.
April will bring a slew of price increases, including everything from energy to council taxes and water bills.
Ofgem raises its price cap this Friday (1 April) by £693 from £1,277 to £1,971 for those on a Standard plan paying by direct debit.
Prepaid customers will see a bigger jump as their price cap increases by £708 from £1,309 to £2,017.
Meanwhile the The average water bill will rise to as much as £420 This year, the number of people needing assistance is expected to increase from 1.1 million to 1.4 million.
How the energy bill crisis is affecting you
If you’re looking to cut your costs, the experts at boiler manufacturer Worcester Bosch have explained whether it’s more economical to take a shower or a bath.
To save the most money, the answer is to take a quick shower as it uses less water.
“A typical bath uses about 90 liters of water, divided into about 60 liters of hot water and 20 to 30 liters of cold water,” said Martyn Bridges, director of technical support at Worcester Bosch The guard.
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“A normal thermostatic shower head releases around nine liters per minute and requires around six liters of hot water and three liters of cold water.
“So if you shower in less than 10 minutes, it’s more economical to shower.”
Water and sanitation bills in England and Wales are set to rise 1.7% this year, Water UK said, but some households may find their bills rising more or less than that average figure.
In some parts of the country, like Essex, bills will increase by 10%.
Around £200 of the average bill is used for water and the remaining £219 for waste water costs.
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How to get help paying the water bill
The first step if you’re having trouble paying your bill is to contact your water utility to see what help they can offer you.
Water utilities can cut bills for low-income customers or refer them to organizations that can help with bills.
You can also benefit from installing a free water meter – but this depends on the size of your home and the number of people living in it.
Martin Lewis previously explained that it’s worth checking if you have more or as many bedrooms in your home as people.
If you have a water meter, you may be entitled to help from the Watersure scheme.
This also limits the water bill if you are on benefits or have to use large amounts of water due to multiple children or medical reasons.
Another way to reduce your water bill is to minimize your consumption with water-saving devices.
Households across much of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland can pack a range of free insulation and equipment Save water, save money.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/experts-explain-whether-its-cheaper-26593047 Experts explain whether bathing or showering is cheaper when bills are rising