Martin Lewis’ MoneySavingExpert reveals how thousands can claim free gadgets to stop your pipes freezing this winter
MARTIN Lewis’s MoneySavingExpert has revealed how households can get free appliances to prevent pipes from freezing and save on bills.
In its latest newsletter, the consumer website shared how families can bag any one of 70,000 “winter insulation kits.”
The kits come with devices such as faucet jackets and pipe stays to prevent pipes from freezing.
Frozen pipes can stop your heating and hot water from working properly and if they burst, they can be expensive to fix.
The kits are funded by water companies and then distributed to customers by Save Water Save Money.
Currently, nine water companies offer the kits. The full list is:
- Cambridge Water
- Hafren Dyfrdwy
- Portsmouth Water
- SIX Water
- Severn Trent Water
- Southeast Water
- Southern Water
- South Staffs Water
- Yorkshire Water
Households can also get other freebies this winter.
Almost one million water saving devices are available from the majority of water companies that can help you save money on bills.
Customers can get shower heads that regulate water consumption, faucet inserts, garden hose nozzles and cisterns for toilets.
How you can get hold of either the isolation kits or the other water free items depends on who supplies your water.
If you are with Bournemouth Water, Bristol Water, South East Water or Yorkshire Water, you should go to the Save Water Save Money website.
Once there, enter your zip code in the “free water saving devices” search box to see what you can find.
Then you can enter your personal details and anything you qualify for should be sent within 28 days.
If you work with Cambridge Water, Dwr Cymru, Hafren Dyfrdwy, Portsmouth Water, SES Water, Severn Trent, South Staffs Water, South West Water, Wessex Water, NI Water, Jersey Water, Scottish Water, Southern Water or United Utilities, the process is different.
You’ll need to use the Saver Water Save Money savings calculator on its website to find out if you’re eligible.
If you are with Affinity Water, Anglian, Essex and Suffolk, or Northumbrian, they are not part of the Save Water Save Money scheme.
But if you go to their websites, you might be able to get it for free.
Unfortunately, Thames Water does not offer any free water saving devices.
All in all, the free gizmos can save you hundreds on your bills per year.
For example, the Energy Saving Trust estimates that water-efficient shower heads can save a family of four around £75 on their gas bill.
Plus, around £120 on their water bill, if they are on a meter.
How else can I save on my water bill?
The Energy Savings Trust estimates that the average household uses heating water for around 17% of its total energy consumption.
So by reducing the amount of water you use in your home, you save on your energy bills as well as water bills.
Besides free water suppliers, there are other things you can do to cut costs. Here are just a few tips.
Wash your clothes at a lower temperature
You may think you always have to wash your whites and other clothes at 60 degrees, but you don’t have to.
You can get the same results at a lower temperature and it will save you money.
Running your washing machine at 30 degrees and cutting out one wash a week will save you £34 a year on your energy bill.
Take a shorter shower
If you’re the type of person who takes your time in the shower, think again.
Water UK estimates that taking a four-minute shower instead of eight could save a household of four £165 a year on their energy bills.
And you also save an extra £100 on your water bills.
Turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth
Even if you only brush your teeth for a few minutes each day, you could be wasting money by running the faucet.
Water UK estimates that if each person in a household of four turned on a tap while brushing their teeth for two minutes, you would waste a staggering 96 liters a day.
Over the course of a year, that’s £40 you’re literally throwing down the drain.
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