With interest rates rising and living costs slowly increasing, it is time to start saving. Your water bill is a great place to start. To save money, you must first understand the components of your water bill, how much you are currently paying, and what you can do.
We’ll be discussing all of these issues in detail in this post.
Water Cost Components
Knowing what your bill includes is the first step to understanding how much water you will pay and how you can lower your bill. Your water bill includes both supply and usage fees. Supply charges are the cost of running water at your house. It includes costs such as wages, maintenance, infrastructure upgrades, taxes and chemicals Icon Water, Canberra’s only water supplier, has.
Usage charges are another part of your water cost. You’ll be charged a Tier 1 fixed rate for 50 kL of water per quarter, and a Tier 2 fee for 50 kL or more per quarter.
Average Water Prices
It might seem that the easiest way to calculate average water costs is to multiply usage by the usage rates. This will give you an idea of the average water costs. However, it won’t be accurate as your usage varies depending on many factors such as when you are using it, who you live with, and how much you use it. Let’s now look at Canberra’s expected water costs.
According to recent Census data, Canberra’s average household uses approximately 100 kL per year. A two-person household’s water bill will run about $1,150 annually. This includes an annual water supply charge of $702 and a sewage charge. The average annual water bill for a four-person household will be around $1,150. This includes the annual water supply and sewage charge of $702.
Tips to Reduce Your Bills
Water can be quite costly, as you can see from the above average water costs. There are many strategies that you can use to conserve water and lower your water bill. These are:
Concentrate on how much water and how you could use it less.
Use water-efficient appliances such as dishwashers and washing machine.
Use dishwashers and washing machines on the Eco cycle, and only when they are full.
Low flow showerheads and taps.
Repair any leaks or dripping taps.
Rainwater can be collected to water your garden or wash your car.
This post should have helped you understand the components of your water bill and how it is calculated. It also explains what you can expect from Canberra water prices. We hope that you are now able to take steps to save water and money.