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  • pak2
    • #2
    • 24th Sep 04, 3:05 AM
    Re: Water meters - pros and cons?
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    • 24th Sep 04, 3:05 AM
    Normaly the water company them selves are very good at working out what u would use, thus enabling to give a basis on whether u will save.

    In general single old people will save, families won't save, single young people will save for while until 1 becomes 2, becomes 3.

    Some companies apparently will offer to remove meter if it doesn't work out cheaper for you, but I'm not sure how this would be cost effective?

    Pak
    • Woby_Tide
    • By Woby_Tide 24th Sep 04, 12:14 PM
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    • #3
    • 24th Sep 04, 12:14 PM
    Re: Water meters - pros and cons?
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    • 24th Sep 04, 12:14 PM
    long running discussion that just slipped off the first page of topics

    http://forum.moneysavingexpert.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=Utility;action=display;num=10828409 93;start=1#1
  • scootermacc
    • #4
    • 24th Sep 04, 12:43 PM
    Re: Water meters - pros and cons?
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    • 24th Sep 04, 12:43 PM
    thanks for link woby_tide.
    • barmonkey
    • By barmonkey 21st Mar 05, 12:36 AM
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    • #5
    • 21st Mar 05, 12:36 AM
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    • 21st Mar 05, 12:36 AM
    its got to be worth a go. our bill has just gone up 17% this year (thank you south west water) so im just waiting for them to do the site survey.
    WWSD

    (what would Scooby Doo)
  • swampytiggaa
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    • 20th Apr 05, 10:50 AM
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    • 20th Apr 05, 10:50 AM
    my mum is considering a water meter - think her best bet is to ring her water company and ask them for advice She is with SSWW
    five children? I must be mad........
    aug grocery spend - £166.45
    • rizla01
    • By rizla01 20th Apr 05, 11:13 AM
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    • 20th Apr 05, 11:13 AM
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    • 20th Apr 05, 11:13 AM
    My pennies-worth.

    Well ther are me and the other half (And she baths EVERY night- faR TOO EXCESSIVE) AND WE SAVED ALMOST HALF OF OUR BILL BY GOING ON A WATER METER.

    We drink 8-10m, cuppas a day, have a w/machine and D/washer and water the garden when required. We even occasionally wash the cars (4 times a year)..

    All depends on your usage but if only one or two in houshold then don't think about it- do it! (IMHO)

    Riz
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    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 20th Apr 05, 3:48 PM
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    • 20th Apr 05, 3:48 PM
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    • 20th Apr 05, 3:48 PM
    My pennies-worth.

    Well ther are me and the other half (And she baths EVERY night- faR TOO EXCESSIVE) AND WE SAVED ALMOST HALF OF OUR BILL BY GOING ON A WATER METER.
    Riz
    by rizla01
    If you can wean the missus onto a shower - you typically use only a quarter of the water needed for a bath.
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  • MoneyMinx
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    • 20th Apr 05, 4:00 PM
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    • 20th Apr 05, 4:00 PM
    Having changed to a water meter in January 2005, my bills are now considerably lower than last year. It remains to be seen whether or not they will stay as low as that, but the monthly payment is based on the answers given to a questionnaire by Severn Trent that is supposed to work out your average water consumption. They ask everything from how many times do you use the toilet per week to how much you use a hose pipe.

    I use a dishwasher 3 times week, use washing machine 4 times a week, I have an 11 year old son, and between us we have 2 baths and approximately 10 showers per week. My bill has dropped from £34 (last years bill, so would probably be higher than that now) to £16.60 per month. Obviously when you pay by direct debit you only actually pay 8 month whereas now I am paying over 12. This is still a saving of £80+ though. I found all the information on the website for Severn Trent including the questionnaire to work out water consumption and cost so it will be worth you having a look at the site for your own supplier.
    • Woby_Tide
    • By Woby_Tide 21st Apr 05, 10:23 AM
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    We drink 8-10m cuppas a day
    by rizla01

    f$£@ me! I'd imagine your main use of water is flushing the toilet after that much tea
    • rizla01
    • By rizla01 24th Apr 05, 6:20 PM
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    f$£@ me! I'd imagine your main use of water is flushing the toilet after that much tea
    by Woby_Tide
    Ha Ha. Just noticed the Typo. Well spotted woby.

    Actually Squeeky, She'll have to wean me into connecting it up.

    Just got to put the tiles up and it'll get done. (To quote mens usual phrase ---- One Day!)
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    • Paul Varjak
    • By Paul Varjak 24th Apr 05, 10:08 PM
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    Paul Varjak
    If you do change to a water meter, you have one year in which to decide whether to go back to unmetered usage.

    You are likely to save more money with a water meter the higher the old ratebale value of your house is and the fewer people you have living in your property.

    Other factors are hose pipe usage, how often you have baths (a shower uses less), how often you use washing machine, dishwasher and flush toilet.

    Also make sure that your house insurance covers you for loss of water if you are on a meter.
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 24th Apr 05, 11:52 PM
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    squeaky
    Actually Squeeky, She'll have to wean me into connecting it up.

    Just got to put the tiles up and it'll get done. (To quote mens usual phrase ---- One Day!)
    by rizla01
    You're looking at a saving of possibly 150ltrs per day!

    Now where was it you said you left the tile grout?
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  • dougk
    I found only pro's when moving to a meter.

    Unless you waste water (like for watering the lawn!) then you have nothing to loose.
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 26th Apr 05, 4:50 PM
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    squeaky
    Waste water? Even when in the shower, which is in my bath, I put the plug in. The water gets scooped out of the bath and put to use in the garden.
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  • jimjoeray
    Council house
    I have recently changed to a meter and expect to reduce my bill by a third. My MIL is now thinking about doing the same but lives in a council bungalow. Is she allowed to have a meter?
    • alanobrien
    • By alanobrien 26th Apr 05, 10:31 PM
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    alanobrien
    Does anyone have any experience or advice on whether gettnig a water meter might save money or not?

    I have a natural reluctance against the idea in case my billis astronomical, but this is emotion not fact.

    Anyone help?
    by scootermacc

    As already mentioned if you change to a water meter you can go back to an annual bill if you ask within the first year.

    What they seem to avoid telling you is that the meter is left in place so whoever buys your house when you sell it is stuck with the meter.

    A friend of mine changed to a meter last year - a family of 4 in the Thames water area, their bill increased by £40 on the year so they went back to the annual bill.

    So i guess its worth doing for singles and couples
    but questionable for families.
    • Woby_Tide
    • By Woby_Tide 27th Apr 05, 11:55 AM
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    Woby_Tide
    They could have always used it a as kickstart to saving water and cutting down usage rather than saving money!
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 27th Apr 05, 2:50 PM
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    squeaky
    They could have always used it a as kickstart to saving water and cutting down usage rather than saving money!
    by Woby_Tide
    Exactly. No washing hands under a running tap, - get wet, turn off(or very low), soap up, turn on, rinse, turn off.

    Have showers instead of baths and maybe have a good soak just once a year I mean week

    Sort out dripping taps straight away - it's surpising how much water they use.

    And a zillion other water thrift measures I'm sure will follow...
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    • Cardew
    • By Cardew 27th Apr 05, 2:59 PM
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    Cardew
    Th main factor in determining if you will save is the Rateable Value(RV) of your property.

    RV was supposed to be calculated on the notional letting value of your property and had little to do with size or value of a property. Thus an old large property could have a lower RV than a modern(i.e. late 1980's) smaller property.

    If you have a very low RV, and use a lot of water, you will proably be worse off with a meter. However I believe the majority of households will be better off with a meter.
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