Why is my water bill so high?

Want to save water at home but don’t know how to go about it? There are plenty of ways you can cut your water consumption without even noticing – while improving your daily comfort. Keep reading and discover why saving water doesn’t mean having to inconvenience yourself. 

How can I reduce my water bill?

If you’ve ever wondered why your water bills are so high, there are plenty of easy fixes that can help lower your consumption and household expenses. 

For instance, instead of running the shower or faucet before the water gets to the right temperature, make easy savings off the bat by embracing a colder shower for a few seconds, or filling a water bottle while you let the faucet run. You could also find a way to get instant hot water (more on that below).

Elsewhere, you could start using non-potable water for appliances where rainwater could do the job – like your toilet, laundry machine, or even your garden hose. When you consider that our toilets alone account for roughly 30% of total average household water use, that’s an indication of just how much you could save by switching to rainwater. Both in terms of water consumption and bills.

Turning rain into opportunity 

If we dig further into the potential of rainwater, harvesting your own rainwater can help you reduce your household’s total water usage by up to 40%. Making high water bills a thing of the past while enabling you to live a more sustainable and comfortable life.  

Adding to the above examples you can use rainwater to wash your car or water indoor plants. As well as enabling you to use water smarter, rainwater harvesting will also relieve pressure on your central water system while helping protect natural water sources, even reduce the risk of flooding in our communities and cities, and more.


What can I do to save water at home?

Another big reason we waste water at home is down to hot water – or the lack thereof. It can feel like a given, but no one should have to let good water run down the sink while they wait for it to heat up. Or stand by the shower until the temperature is just right. And these issues are not just time consuming: they cost the average household approximately 16,000 litres of water every year.  


Tips to reduce my water bill

“Why has my water bill doubled?”, “Is my water bill too high?”, “Is it even possible to reduce my water bill?”. If you’re bored and frustrated asking yourself these questions, there are some basic steps you can take to start saving water today – and lower your household expenses with little effort. 

We’ve already listed several examples above, but there’s always more:

  • Save water and energy by making your daily shower a few minutes shorter
  • Turn off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth 
  • Only put on a full laundry or dishwasher load (and, depending on what clothing items you’re washing, a 30°C cycle is as good as a 40°C cycle 
  • Remember that washing your hands with cold water is just as effective as using warm water, so long as soap is involved