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    Is it worth changing to a water meter?

    Like most of us, I assume, we need to save money wherever we can.

    Southern Water charges us £570 a year for water at our house.

    Should we change to a water meter?

    I really would be interested to hear from anyone who has made the change.

    27 Comments

    wow 570

    depends on how many baths, showers, washing loads etc you do a day between everyone in the house. I have 5 people and loads of washing so I wouldn't consider it as I know I would be worse off. They have offfered to fit it free and not charge me - but the next owner would have to pay by their usage and I think once fitted they will find a way to make me pay by our usage.

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    paul1063;4046255

    depends on how many baths, showers, washing loads etc you do a day … depends on how many baths, showers, washing loads etc you do a day between everyone in the house. I have 5 people and loads of washing so I wouldn't consider it as I know I would be worse off. They have offfered to fit it free and not charge me - but the next owner would have to pay by their usage and I think once fitted they will find a way to make me pay by our usage.



    A retired couple.

    No bath installed - just a power shower. One shower each per day (we don't cane the output).

    Two grandchildren stay on average two nights per week = four more showers per week.

    Washing machine averages three loads per week.

    We don't water the garden very much.

    I would say yes go for it as you use less than average amount of water - assuming you don't have a 10m swimming pool or huge fish pond to fill !

    renard;4046319

    A retired couple.No bath installed - just a power shower. One shower … A retired couple.No bath installed - just a power shower. One shower each per day (we don't cane the output).Two grandchildren stay on average two nights per week = four more showers per week.Washing machine averages three loads per week.We don't water the garden very much.



    you are a definate candidate for a meter

    i posted same query last year - when i got water bill - but with
    2 adults - 2 teenagers not feasible

    although i did contact anglain water and they were going to let me have 6 months trial -

    might be worth you asking :thumbsup:

    If you go to United Utilities site for example you can do a "survey" to see whether it would be cheaper.

    I thought mine would be as i live alone,but it isn't

    They ask questions like how many times you flush the toilet as i recall and how many seconds you run a tap for at 1 time.

    I would definately change I am here with 2 kids I shower every day and the kids bathe every other we have 3 toilets all with Yorkshire water gel packs in the cystern. I wash about 5-10 loads a week and run the dishwasher everyother day. Don't water the garden and I pay £17 per month hope this helps. We are also very careful at conserving water which helps the kids know not to run the water when brushing our teeth but only just started that as we visited relatives in south Africa where u realise how precious it is.

    Your company has the same kind of "survey" as mine,ere ya go

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    I couldnt live on a water meter i would feel on edge all the time about the amount of water i used .....even if i pay more without one this is what i would still prefer that way i can use as much water as i like...which i know aint much as i live on my own and have 2 showers a day , other then that i dont waste water

    Actually the Southenr "calculator" is different to United Utilitities,theres a few pages to go through on UT.

    Perpita;4046364

    I would definately change I am here with 2 kids I shower every day and … I would definately change I am here with 2 kids I shower every day and the kids bathe every other we have 3 toilets all with Yorkshire water gel packs in the cystern. I wash about 5-10 loads a week and run the dishwasher everyother day. Don't water the garden and I pay £17 per month hope this helps. We are also very careful at conserving water which helps the kids know not to run the water when brushing our teeth but only just started that as we visited relatives in south Africa where u realise how precious it is.



    Now i'm surprised by that,last time i did the online calculator to see if it was worth me getting a meter it worked out about the same,360 quid a year.

    BUT i live on my own,i don't have a dishwasher either

    Hmmm maybe i was over generous on guessing how much water i actually use,coz yours is only 17 quid a month compared to my 360 a year.

    i pay £50 a year

    but i only bath on special occasions (xmas or bdays)

    and i use disposable plates

    J4GG4;4046523

    i pay £50 a yearbut i only bath on special occasions (xmas or bdays)and i … i pay £50 a yearbut i only bath on special occasions (xmas or bdays)and i use disposable plates




    50 quid,is that a joke:w00t:

    Interesting with UT you can change your mind within 13 months and revert back to being charged in the usual manner BUT the meter stays in place and if you sell your house the new occupants have No choice,the water is paid by meter.

    Banned

    I live alone, have a dishwasher and I shower every day.
    My water rates went down from £26 a month to £8.
    Mind you, i got paranoid about water, not running the tap while washing teeth etc.

    Na seriously lol i live on my own and pay £140 a year

    J4GG4;4046536

    Na seriously lol i live on my own and pay £140 a year



    Is that with a meter ?

    Thing is,i don't have a shower,only a bath and i've got dodgy dripping taps,that will use a lot of water.lol

    Oh yeah,i remember you J4,where do they live then..lol

    im 49 and my current x2 emo girlfriends are 17

    happy days

    We have 2 x adults, 2 x kids age 7 & 9. We pay approx £350 a year and use water like its.................well water! Kids have baths every other night, wife has bath most nights, large paddling pool out often in summer, water garden, dishwasher, washing machine............a normal 4 bed house and family! I can't understand why everyone except the mega sized families don't chenge to water meters!

    Few year ago we changed (2 adults 1 brat). Normal stuff, dishwasher-cheaper than washing by hand, shower, 2 cars to wash. Our bill nearly halfed. Defo worth doing for small families.

    graham29a;4047274

    We have 2 x adults, 2 x kids age 7 & 9. We pay approx £350 a year and … We have 2 x adults, 2 x kids age 7 & 9. We pay approx £350 a year and use water like its.................well water! Kids have baths every other night, wife has bath most nights, large paddling pool out often in summer, water garden, dishwasher, washing machine............a normal 4 bed house and family! I can't understand why everyone except the mega sized families don't chenge to water meters!




    You pay 350 on a water meter or is that the usual rateable value annual bill?

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    graham29a;4047274

    We have 2 x adults, 2 x kids age 7 & 9. We pay approx £350 a year and … We have 2 x adults, 2 x kids age 7 & 9. We pay approx £350 a year and use water like its.................well water! Kids have baths every other night, wife has bath most nights, large paddling pool out often in summer, water garden, dishwasher, washing machine............a normal 4 bed house and family! I can't understand why everyone except the mega sized families don't chenge to water meters!



    Wow, big difference from our £570.

    Are you in Southern Water area? I understand that water charges vary throughout the country.

    Did you check out the link i posted Renard ?

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    deb8z;4053195

    Did you check out the link i posted Renard ?



    Sorry for delay in replying, been out for a while.

    Yes, I was very grateful for that link. If it's accurate, it reckons we could save around £200 a year by having a meter. :w00t:

    Many thanks for your advice, also to everyone else who has responded to my query.

    You have convinced me that a meter is best - especially as we can change back after 12 months if not satisfied.

    Now my only problem is trying to convince She Who Must Be Obeyed. She is dead against a meter, thinks I will become a water Scrooge and whinge about water waste. As if I would! :-D

    Thanks again, everyone.

    200 pounds,wow thats quite a lot,good luck with your OH

    I'm thinking about getting one now as i must have done my calculations wrong.
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