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    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 8th Nov 17, 5:00 PM
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    I'm newly single.... any bill reductions?
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    • 8th Nov 17, 5:00 PM
    I'm newly single.... any bill reductions? 8th Nov 17 at 5:00 PM
    Hello,

    So my fiancee decided to have a change of heart the other week and one thing has gone to another and we're now separated. I've already got in on the 25% discount on my council tax, but now I'm wondering, is it possible to get a single person discount on leccy and water? I live in a 3 bed semi, so I'd hope so....
    water supplier is united utilities and they're a bit cagey on their website about it.
    energy supplier is avro, who I cannot seem to contact anymore. My account is £98 in credit as well, so I might need to badger them a bit.
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    • Raxiel
    • By Raxiel 8th Nov 17, 5:33 PM
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    • 8th Nov 17, 5:33 PM
    Well, you might use less if you're on your own, which will lower your bill, especially if you can turn the thermostat down now.

    Other than that, no. You pay for what you use at the agreed price per unit + daily charge, that's it.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Nov 17, 5:36 PM
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    • 8th Nov 17, 5:36 PM
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    • 8th Nov 17, 5:36 PM
    There are no discounts of that nature, it's only for council tax.
    • cranford
    • By cranford 8th Nov 17, 5:37 PM
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    • 8th Nov 17, 5:37 PM
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    • 8th Nov 17, 5:37 PM
    You need to be on a water meter for you water bill to fall then it could go down by almost half but that depends on how much each of you used for baths and the like.
    • Norman Castle
    • By Norman Castle 8th Nov 17, 7:54 PM
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    • 8th Nov 17, 7:54 PM
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    • 8th Nov 17, 7:54 PM
    Unless your water rates are very low a water meter is an option but its unlikely to drop by half as the standing charges can be a large proportion of the bill.

    You can also revert to rateable value charges within two years if she realises that you are the best she can hope for.
    Last edited by Norman Castle; 09-11-2017 at 8:24 AM.
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    • cranford
    • By cranford 9th Nov 17, 8:30 AM
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    • 9th Nov 17, 8:30 AM
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    • 9th Nov 17, 8:30 AM
    I am a average metered water 2 person household in the South east and my bills are £400 year of which £60 is standing charges. But I see that standing charges can vary from £40 to £150 a year depending on where you live. But it would be worth you checking your current water charges against a one person watered meter supply.
    • macman
    • By macman 9th Nov 17, 1:01 PM
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    • 9th Nov 17, 1:01 PM
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    • 9th Nov 17, 1:01 PM
    Your energy and water suppliers have no idea how many people live in the property. You pay for what you use, regardless of numbers (assuming your water is metered-if not, it is based on the RV of the property).
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    • NittyGritty
    • By NittyGritty 9th Nov 17, 1:24 PM
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    • 9th Nov 17, 1:24 PM
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    • 9th Nov 17, 1:24 PM
    there "could be" some savings made on water,(on Anglian water at least), now weather they will apply to you is another story


    they are called


    watersure and aquacare plus


    again you would need to fit the criteria to get them tho,


    worth a look to see if it applies to you
    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 14th Nov 17, 12:38 PM
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    • 14th Nov 17, 12:38 PM
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    • 14th Nov 17, 12:38 PM
    I will ask United Utilities if they'll give me a discount. Energy i'm aware is metered. Is there anything else really? Council tax has saved me quite a bit to be fair.
    • northwalesd
    • By northwalesd 14th Nov 17, 1:10 PM
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    I will ask United Utilities if they'll give me a discount. Energy i'm aware is metered. Is there anything else really? Council tax has saved me quite a bit to be fair.
    Originally posted by Stoke
    You can ask, but they won't. The only way to save money on water bills is to go metered and use less water than it would cost if you weren't metered.

    As the other posters have said, there really aren't any 'single person discounts' other than council tax. Even the Anglian water tariffs mentioned aren't 'single person' tariffs, but for customers suffering hardship (and you have to jump through several hoops)
    • Richmc
    • By Richmc 14th Nov 17, 5:36 PM
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    Sorry, but welcome to the real world, if the utility companies gave out discounts just because the other half dumped you then bills would be up for the rest of us, if you are that badly off try going to the benefits office.
    you can get discount food from a food bank.
    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 4th Dec 17, 3:34 PM
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    Sorry, but welcome to the real world, if the utility companies gave out discounts just because the other half dumped you then bills would be up for the rest of us, if you are that badly off try going to the benefits office.
    you can get discount food from a food bank.
    Originally posted by Richmc
    Wooooooooooow.
    • macman
    • By macman 4th Dec 17, 6:28 PM
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    OP is your supply metered or RV billing? That's your only option: if RV, switch to metered and you cannot lose, as you can revert back to RV in the first 12m.
    I'm still baffled as to why you think you can get any single person discount on a metered supply, be it gas, water or electricity?
    No free lunch, and no free laptop
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