I’ve been using a hose to water my garden every afternoon since the weather has been so hot.
My garden isn’t that big, but I had to give up on the watering can because it was taking forever.
Will I be left with a massive water bill at the end of the month? I have no idea how much this is costing me. I have a water meter fitted at my house.
What adds more to my bills: using a hose pipe or a watering can to water my garden?
Rebecca Rutt, of This is Money, replies: Given that the weather had been so warm, you won’t be alone in wheeling out the hose pipe to water the garden and I’m sure households across the country have been doing the same – although the last week has seen sunshine turn to rain, easing the need.
Not everyone has a water meter at home, but since you do, you will be paying for whatever you use rather than a set sum every month or quarter.
Therefore as you are using more water at the moment with your hose pipe, your bills may increase. We asked an expert at the Consumer Council for Water to look into exactly how much more it might cost.
At the moment it is not possible for households to switch providers to get a better deal, but this may chance in future.
Andy White, charges expert at the CCW, said: ‘It will depend on your water company’s charges and the type of hose you are using, but typically it costs around £1.50 an hour to use a hose pipe.
‘A watering can might only cost you about a third of that as it’s possible to do the same job but use much less water.
‘Not everyone will be better off on a meter but they do give you more control over what you pay and can encourage people to use water wisely.
Does it cost significantly more to use a hose pipe instead of a water can to water my plants?
As a general rule of thumb, if you have more or the same number of bedrooms than people living in your property it’s worth using our water meter calculator to see if you might pay less.
‘Most water companies will give you up to two years to trial a meter and switch back to fixed charges if you want to.’
If you’re using the hose pipe for an hour three times a week, for example, that’s likely to add on around £4.50 to your bills, or around £20 a month.
As using a watering can is around a third of this – so more like an extra £7 a month – you could make a saving of £13 per month by using it instead of the hose pipe.
To find out exactly how much your bills might be affected, check how much your water company is charging you per unit of water – this will be on your bill.
Water bills increased by an average of 2 per cent in April, which added an average of £6 onto annual bills. The average water and sewerage bill now costs £395 and although it’s not yet possible to switch providers to cut you bills, using a water meter may be a good way to save money.
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