Hello- I've just been told by Thames Water that they dont do an 'assessed charge bill' as mentioned in the original article.
Does anyone know if this is correct?
All they offer is a 'minimum fixed charge bill' of £245 which I know must be way over what my usage is- I have a 2 bed flat with 2 people, no dishwasher, almost never have baths, only showers etc.
They say i cant get a meter because its a block of flats with common supply.
i hope this one hasnt been covered previously, but can anyone give any suggestions?
...I made her go through the list with me, and when she realised we did not have a dryer, dishwasher, microwave, bla bla, amended our file and we got a considerable reduction in our bill from the date that we moved into the property. Could you do the same with the water company at all...
Another thing to ask for is to see if there is a different charge if you use less.
With Anglian water my Sewage provider, I was using less than thier 75 cubic meters litres of water limit and got a reduction of 50%!
It maybe not for everybody as they charge slightly higher rates.
It will need a calculation to see if it's worth it for you.
Because I'm with Essex & Suffolk the water supplier, I got an even better deal as they charge their own water price rates for water only.
As for saving money on my bill. My Last full Rateable value bill was £240 that was 2000. Been paying since, about £80 per year!
One word of warning if you change from rateable to meter. If you are on a monthly account cancel it. I was told when I changed that I would have to pay a monthly payment that worked out to be the full rateable value of the last year which was £240. Any credit paid back at the end of the year.
I had worked out at the time I would most proberly be using £120 on the meter. I wanted the money in my pocket not thiers!
My advice if they won't reduce your payments is to do what I did. Went for the bill to sent to me, paid it over the counter in a bank. Once I had a 'usage record' went pack onto monthly, paying a more reasonable payment.
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