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Water meters - pros and cons?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Water Bills
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Water Bills
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?
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  • pak2pak2 Forumite
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    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?

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  • thanks for link woby_tide.
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  • barmonkeybarmonkey Forumite
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    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.
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  • 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
    :rotfl:five children? I must be mad........ :rotfl:
    aug grocery spend - £166.45
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  • rizla01rizla01 Forumite
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    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)

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  • squeakysqueaky Forumite
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    rizla01 wrote:
    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
    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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  • 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_TideWoby_Tide Forumite
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    rizla01 wrote:
    We drink 8-10m cuppas a day


    f$£@ me! I'd imagine your main use of water is flushing the toilet after that much tea :eek:
  • rizla01rizla01 Forumite
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    Woby_Tide wrote:
    f$£@ me! I'd imagine your main use of water is flushing the toilet after that much tea :eek:

    Ha Ha. Just noticed the Typo. Well spotted woby. :rotfl:

    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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