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    Thames Water - Possible Reduced Water Bills

    If you are in the Thames Water region and are currently on water rates then Thames Water will fit a water meter for free if you would like.

    The good thing about this is that you can actually decide within 12 months of having it installed that you don't want to be charged from the readings on the water meter and instead just pay the rates value you were paying previously.

    It's sort of a can't lose option if you think you may be able to save money by having a meter fitted.

    I know that we pay less on a water meter than we would for rates - that's with 2 adults using a power shower daily and my daughter having a bath. But we don't water the garden! (Which I'd imagine would use loads of water).

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    Be careful this sort of scheme often means that should you sell the property the new owner would have to have a meter and would not be able to opt out. This would have to be declared to potential purchasers.

    "It's sort of a can't lose option if you think you may be able to save money by having a meter fitted."

    i've been on a water meter for 18yrs,,,avoid,,,my opinion of course but they want too save you money,,,yeah right,,,

    My metered water bill has gone up every year and is now about £400 a year, truly shocking if you ask me

    Really?

    I live on my own in a 2 bed ground floor flat and don't have a meter.
    Think i pay about 36 quid a month.
    Is that standard rates?

    I work for a Water company and I thought free meters were the norm now nationally?
    For those of you that don't know, OFWAT regulates the water industry and sets limits for price increases for metered and unmetered. The unmetered price rises are much higher year on year than metered.
    The reason for this is that metered users tend to use less water. Each company knows how much water is 'piped' and it knows what metered users have used. Effectively, for every user switching to metered, the volume of water per unmetered customer rises (I'm sure this makes sense to someone!) hence the higher price rises.
    What happens re. pricing when we are all on meters is anyones guess.

    So would you reccommend going on a meter?
    Also, can i do that if i rent?

    kidcat;4875331

    Be careful this sort of scheme often means that should you sell the … Be careful this sort of scheme often means that should you sell the property the new owner would have to have a meter and would not be able to opt out. This would have to be declared to potential purchasers.



    Depends , allot of areas compulsory meter properties when they change hands now so wont have any effect.

    Everyone should be on a meter , water is the most precious resource we have and people just waste it, having a meter makes people thing eg. turning off taps when brushing there teeth.

    deanos;4875787

    Everyone should be on a meter , water is the most precious resource we … Everyone should be on a meter , water is the most precious resource we have and people just waste it, having a meter makes people thing eg. turning off taps when brushing there teeth.



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    I don't think we have any need to worry about water running out anytime soon, we have loads of it.

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    longbowassassin;4875349

    "It's sort of a can't lose option if you think you may be able to save … "It's sort of a can't lose option if you think you may be able to save money by having a meter fitted."i've been on a water meter for 18yrs,,,avoid,,,my opinion of course but they want too save you money,,,yeah right,,,



    I'd be interested to hear how much you pay on the meter compared to your regions water rates - could be useful information for people.

    peodude;4875860

    I don't think we have any need to worry about water running out anytime … I don't think we have any need to worry about water running out anytime soon, we have loads of it.



    Yes but not the correct sort !

    I get my meter fitted on Tuesday.

    The rule of thumb apparently is,if you have less people living in your house than bedrooms, then you'll defo save money!

    deb8z;4876004

    I get my meter fitted on Tuesday.The rule of thumb apparently is,if you … I get my meter fitted on Tuesday.The rule of thumb apparently is,if you have less people living in your house than bedrooms, then you'll defo save money!



    Not necessarily true though, age can impact quite hard, my friend used to have four people living in her house and was better off with meter, however after divorcing her 20 something son came to live with her and her bill went through the roof, even though there was only two people living there the bill was twice that when it was four there.

    Obviously there are exceptions to the rule,but its rule of thumb according to MSE not me..lol

    deb8z;4876059

    Obviously there are exceptions to the rule,but its rule of thumb … Obviously there are exceptions to the rule,but its rule of thumb according to MSE not me..lol



    Is there still an online calcualtor you can use? Last time I looked into it there was a really good calculator that worked out what sort of bill you would get on meter in comparison.

    kidcat;4876133

    Is there still an online calcualtor you can use? Last time I looked into … Is there still an online calcualtor you can use? Last time I looked into it there was a really good calculator that worked out what sort of bill you would get on meter in comparison.



    There should be one with whoever you get your water from on their site,i used the calculator on the website of United Utilities:thumbsup:
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