Recently, we have had several incidents with tenants making changes to their homes to try to save money on water bills, which has led to damages in homes and could have resulted in serious injury.
As a tenant, you are required to ask permission to make any improvements to your home. This is a condition in your tenancy agreement and remains in the new occupation contract that you will receive in the next few months, following the introduction of the Renting Homes Act that was brought in on 1st December 2022.
Some tenants have been changing their shower heads or putting in water restrictors which are not compatible with some of the electric showers in our homes, as an attempt to save money. Electric showers are already more efficient as they use less water and require less energy. With these changes being made, some showers have been malfunctioning, causing the tanks to explode.
If you are looking for ways to save money on your water bill, here are some simple ways to make savings:
- Taking a shower instead of a bath.
- Turning the tap off when brushing your teeth.
- Using a bowl or plug when washing dishes, rather than having the tap running.
- Only fill the kettle with the water you need.
- Wait until you have a full load to use your dishwasher or washing machine.
You can find more helpful money saving tips from Welsh Water, here.
Our Money Advice Team are available to support you with your bills. Get in touch with them, here.
If you are struggling to pay your water bill, don’t avoid paying, speak to your provider and see how they can help you. You can find out more information on this, here.