HOUSEHOLDS across the country are looking to save money as bills rise.
Now Martin Lewis has shared a tip to save money on your energy bill – by using less water.
The money-saving expert said: “Weirdly one way to save on your energy bills is to use less water, as so much of the water we use in our home has been heated, so we pay to have it heated.”
Speaking at the Ideal Home Show, Martin explained that you can even get a free device to help you reduce your water usage and energy bill.
He said: “There is a website called savemoneysavewater.co.uk which brings together all the freebies available from water companies nationwide, such as £30 aerated shower heads you can get for free,
“What it does is you can feel the same shower pressure, but you actually use a lot less water to do it.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, switching to a water-efficient shower head will reduce your hot water usage and save you a decent amount of money.
The shower represents a quarter of household water consumption and 25% of the average energy bill is devoted to heating water.
Kevin Pratt, personal finance expert at Forbes Advisor, previously told The Sun that a household of four could save up to £70 a year on gas for water heating.
Martin added: “Worth checking out, go get yourself a freebie, save on your water – good if you have a water bill – and save on your energy as you’re paying to heat less water.
What is an eco-friendly shower head and how does it work?
A regulated showerhead uses more water more efficiently by reducing it to seven or eight liters per minute, where a normal showerhead has a flow rate of 15 liters per minute.
Which? says there is a simple test to determine the consumption of your current shower head and if you can benefit from an ecological shower head.
Place a 2 liter canister on the shower floor and if it takes less than 12 seconds to fill when the shower is running full, that’s equivalent to 10 liters coming out every minute.
If so, you might benefit from a low-flow or water-saving showerhead, he says.
The shower heads look like any other you might buy at your local hardware store and they work with a standard hose, combination bowls, and pump-equipped gravity showers.
You will not be able to use it if you have an electric or digital shower and you have a water pressure of at least 0.5 bar.
Both electric and digital showers can have eco modes though, so it’s worth checking your instruction manual.
Whether you can get the shower head for free depends on where you live, as not all water companies offer them.
You can buy the device for as little as £20, so you can still save money even if you don’t get one for free.
You can also get other water-saving devices for free, like buffalo bags, which save about one to two liters of water with every flush.
Martin also revealed an easy water meter check that could save you £500 on your bills.
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