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moneyminx wrote: »
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.
dorix wrote: »
Nobody has even mentioned about gardeners when discussing water meters.
adindas wrote: »
I am living in London Zone 3. My property is currently unmetred and I am currently paying around £37 a month for three bedrooms property single occupancy.
I have been offered by Thames Water to get a meter and I am seriously considering it as based on the experience of my neighbors with similar occupancy pattern with me who has done that said she saved around £17 a month.
What I would like to know is that. If I move from unmetred to metered
1. I understand there is not any cost involve. Am I getting it right ?
2. I am considering renting it in the future when I have the second property. If I move back to meter. Could I still do that ? How much is it going to cost to do that ??
3. What other pitfalls of doing that I will to be careful.
Thank you for your time ...
Marvqn1 wrote: »
If a water meter was already installed when you moved into the house, does this mean if you've lived in the house for years there is no option to switch to unmetered?
Eric_Disley wrote: »
You may want to check with the water company but in our region (Severn Trent) there's no cost for installing a water meter. You've got two years to decide if you want to keep it. If you decide you don't want the meter any more e.g. because your bills have actually gone up you can revert to paying a fixed amount each month based on your property's rateable value.
To be honest, I can't really see any pitfalls. Unless you've got a large garden that you regularly water, or some other reason for using a lot of water, you ought to make a significant saving and, if you don't, you can switch back.
Cardew wrote: »
Yes you cannot revert to unmetered(RV based) charges.
The only exception is if the account holder applied for a meter. They(the account holder) then have the option to revert within 2 years(1 year with some companies) to unmetered charges.
adindas wrote: »
Thanks. The water meter is actually already in place in my propoerty and they have sent me an offer valid for two years if I want to switch it to meter.
Could we switch it back anytime in the future and no time restriction when we will not be able to switch it back without huge cost of doing so? For instance, after five years with meter, I rent my property, could I switch it back to unmetered water ?? In this case is there any significant cost of involving switching back ??
From Cardew post I understand after two years with meter there is no more option to dwitch it back to unmetered. Am I understand it correctly ???
Cardew wrote: »
Firstly, as the water meter was already in place, I cannot understand how you are being offered the chance to remain on non-metered rates. It is standard procedure that new occupants will be metered.
There is also no option to ever revert to non- metered(ie, RV based) charges; other than the occupant who initially applied for a meter.
All the information is here:http://ccwater.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/439
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