Household utility bills are expected to continue to soar for many across the UK. Energy UK estimates that utility bills could rise by a further 50 percent by spring this year. Now is the perfect time for homeowners to get equipped with ways to save on their household bills.
Britons living in hard water areas could be paying an added £676 a year on their utility and shopping bills, as a result of limescale build ups, according to a recent study from trusted advisors in water quality, Harvey Water Softeners.
The experts said: “Those living in hard water areas are more prone to limescale deposits building up within their heating system, which can cause blockages in pipework and boilers.”
Limescale is one of the leading issues behind inefficient heating systems.
They added: “With households in hard water accumulating approximately 1.5mm of limescale within their internal plumbing over a year, increasing average gas costs by 28 percent.
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“Not only can it help to reduce your yearly bills, but it can also improve your home’s fuel efficiency and safeguard from a boiler malfunction and the incurred expense of getting this repaired.”
Research from Harvey Water Softeners indicates that 60 percent of people in the UK who live in a hard water area could save £676 a year on their energy bills by installing a water softener.
This equates to around 13 million homes.
The savings could be highest for those whose water usage has risen during Covid-19, as a result of more time being spent at home.
Water softeners take no time at all to be installed and can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Additional research from Harvey Water Softeners estimates that households in hard water areas produced a further 418,600 tonnes of limescale between March 2020 and March 2021.
This is on top of the 910,000 tonnes that builds up in a typical year.
Switching to softer water can also help homeowners save £65 a month on their shopping, according to figures from Harvey Water Softeners.
Soft water combines more effectively with soap and washing detergents to create a proper lather.
This means consumers can use less product to achieve maximum results than when working with hard water.