Moneysaving mum from Greater Manchester shares clever tips on saving money on soaring water bills

Emma with her sons Barney, 10 and Seth, seven -Credit:Emma Stretton
Emma with her sons Barney, 10 and Seth, seven -Credit:Emma Stretton

With yet more bills rising from this month, families across the UK are searching for new ways to save money on their water costs.

The average household water and sewerage bill in England and Wales will go up by 6 per cent from April - bringing the average yearly bill to £473.

Keen to help others save money on their water bills, thrifty mum Emma Stretton has revealed her top tips and tricks on how to make bath time more budget friendly.

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As families continue to look for ways to reduce their water usage, Emma, from Sale, has shared four easy tips to make bath time with the kids cheaper but just as enjoyable.

Emma has shared her top tricks -Credit:Emma Stretton
Emma has shared her top tricks -Credit:Emma Stretton

1) Set a four-minute shower timer

When the kids are taking a shower, Emma recommends setting a timer for four minutes to reduce the amount of water used.

“When my children are showering I will set a timer on Alexa for four minutes, and when the timer goes off they have to turn the shower off,” Emma, who regularly shares thrifty tips on her Instagram account,, said.

“Sometimes I do the same but with a song, they can have a little dance and a wash whilst it plays and then when the song ends it’s time to turn the shower off.”

Thrifty mum Emma regularly shares advice online -Credit:Emma Stretton
Thrifty mum Emma regularly shares advice online -Credit:Emma Stretton

2) Plug your bath whilst showering

Most children prefer to have a bath over a shower where they can splash around and play with their toys. However, baths use a lot of water which can often create a lot of water waste. Emma suggests saving shower water and letting your kids play in the collected water.

“One of my children's favourite things to do is play in the bath, but whilst we try to reduce water costs I have had to find an alternative,” Emma, who partnered with Victorian Plumbing to share her tips, added.”

“This is where the idea of “shower baths” came from. When having our 4-minute shower, I will plug the bath so that the water collects, at the end of the shower when the kids are clean they can mess about in the water that’s filled the bath.”

3) Sharing baths

Most adult-sized baths are the perfect size for one person, but those with young children can easily fit in one bath together.

“Sharing baths is a great option if your children prefer baths over showers,” Emma said. “I have two boys who are still sharing baths and love the time playing together. This is best for kids under 12 but mine are only 6 and 10 so will still share a bath and love it!”

“When my kids get older and stop wanting to share a bath, or just can’t both fit, I think I will still try to get them to share the bath water and just put one in after the other. Giving the bath a quick top-up of hot water to keep it nice and warm.”

The mum is always looking for ways to save on costs -Credit:Emma Stretton
The mum is always looking for ways to save on costs -Credit:Emma Stretton

4) Share bathroom towels

Not only does the cost of running water for baths and showers add up, but the water and electricity used when running washing machines quickly add up.

“With two young children in the house I am constantly putting on loads of washing,” Emma added. “One way I try to reduce this is by letting my boys share a towel. I know some might think it’s gross but wiping off excess water before drying means the towel isn’t too wet after use and my boys don’t notice a difference. After all, we’re clean after the bath or shower so it’s not an unhygienic option.”

Brenna Ryan, bathroom expert at Victorian Plumbing, said on Emma’s hacks: “Emma’s thrifty tips go to show that even making small changes to your family’s bathtime routine can make a big difference when it comes to water bills. And they don’t have to be boring either!”

“One of the tips I really liked was getting your kids to share a bath if they’re the right age. Most of our bathtubs can easily sit two small children, which is a great fun way for your children to play while saving a bit of money on your water bill too.”