Martin Lewis’ MoneySavingExpert reveals how thousands can claim free gadgets to stop your pipes freezing this winter
MARTIN Lewis’ MoneySavingExpert revealed how households can get free devices to prevent freezing pipes and save on bills.
The consumer website shared in its latest newsletter how families can pack one of the 70,000 “winter insulation kits”.
The kits come with fixtures such as faucet jackets and pipe insulation to prevent pipes from freezing.
Frozen pipes can cause your heating and hot water to stop working properly, and if they burst, it can be expensive to repair.
The kits are funded by water utilities and then distributed to customers by Save Water Save Money.
Nine water suppliers currently offer the kits. The full list is:
- Cambridge water
- Hafen Dyfrdwy
- Portsmouth Water
- SES water
- Severn Trent Water
- Southeast Water
- southern water
- South Staff’s Water
- Yorkshire water
Households can also get other freebies this winter.
Nearly a million water-saving devices are available from most water companies that can help you save money on bills.
Customers can get shower heads that regulate water usage, faucet inserts, garden hose nozzles, and cistern bags for toilets.
However, how you get either the isolation kits or the other water gifts depends on who is providing your water.
If you are at Bournemouth Water, Bristol Water, South East Water or Yorkshire Water you will need to go to the Save Water Save Money website.
Once there, you’ll need to enter your zip code in the “free water savers” search box to see what you can get.
Then you can fill in your personal details and everything due to you should be sent within 28 days.
If you are at 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, are the process is different.
You must use Saver Water Save Money’s savings calculator on their website to find out if you qualify.
If you are with Affinity Water, Anglian, Essex and Suffolk or Northumbrian these are not part of the Save Water Save Money scheme.
But if you go to their websites, you might be able to get freebies there.
Unfortunately, Thames Water does not offer free water saving gadgets.
All in all, the free gizmos could save you hundreds of bills a year.
For example, the Energy Saving Trust estimates that water-saving showerheads can save a family of four around £75 on their gas bill.
Plus about £120 on their water bill if they have a meter.
How else can I save on my water bill?
The Energy Saving Trust estimates that the average household spends around 17% of its total energy consumption on heating water.
So by reducing water consumption in your home, you save on energy and water bills.
Aside from water company freebies, 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 that you always have to wash your white and other clothes at 60 degrees, but you don’t.
You can get the same results at a lower temperature and save money.
Running your washing machine at 30 degrees and forgoing one wash a week will save you £34 a year on your energy bills.
Take shorter showers
If you’re the type to take your time in the shower, think again.
Water UK estimates that a four-minute shower instead of eight could save a four-person household £165 a year in energy bills.
And save an extra £100 on your water bills.
Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
Even if you brush your teeth for just a few minutes each day, you could be wasting money by leaving the faucet running.
Water UK estimates that if each person in a household of four left a tap running while brushing their teeth for two minutes, they would be wasting a whopping 96 liters a day.
Over the course of a year, that’s 40 pounds you literally pour down the sink.
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