Came back at least two hours later to find I'd forgotten to turn off
the garden hose after watering the plants, then going shopping. It was
only on at a moderate flow -- more than a trickle, but significant.
I've just read the meter under the pavement and worked out
(extrapolating from my previous bill) how much has gone. The estimated
reading for 20/Aug/12 based on past consumption should be 446. The
actual reading is 448.68, so I've wasted over 2.5m³, which is a heck
of a lot. So I'm planning on emergency measures like all-over washes
instead of baths for the next three months.
But as I get older and more forgetful, is there a gadget I can fit to
either turn off the tap automatically or warn if it's left on? Okay,
so I wouldn't have heard a warning while out shopping, but I was back
home for at least half an hour before going out into the garden and
then noticing the lake of water on the lawn.
But you still need to remember to turn it off at the tap. I
came home one day last week and heard a streaming/spraying
noise from next door. Their spray gun had half popped off
the hosepipe and water was gushing all over the yard. I
turned their tap off for them.
I was just thinking that, a kind of dead mans handle for hoses.
Actually if it had still been flat rate and not metered from what people
tell me that bill would be crippling now. I still think he has saved, also
of course the water will probably be used by the plants and thus not so
much watering needed for a while.
From the Sofa of Brian Gaff Reply address is active
"Andy Cap" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
I don't pay any sewerage charge, but I DO pay an estate management fee
of £400 annually for upkeep and emptying of the private sewage
treatment plant, street lighting and green space maintenance. That's
£400 x 40 dwellings, BTW!
The So-Low tariff still works out slightly cheaper for me, but not by
much. At an annual usage of 50m³ I would spend £91.68 on So-Low, but
£93.55 on your rate with the 7p daily standing charge.
On 40m³ the saving would be slightly more: £73.34 compared to £79.95
My usage varies but hovers around 48m³ per year. The cut-off for being
allowed on to the So-Low tariff is 75m³
Forgot to mention: that's the lot: standing charges, sewerage and the
like (Yorkshire Water/United Utilities)
Having checked my last YW bill, it's 118p per cu meter for water.
Over the whole bill, a cu metre of water would be £6.18 per cu me (all
in). Depends how you want to think of it.
On Mon, 20 Aug 2012 19:10:09 +0100, ARWadsworth wrote:
I'm in the US, but I like running numbers... that's 152559 ci I think, or
660 gallons. I get about 4 gpm out of our well, so that's 165 minutes of
run-time, or 2.75 hours.
The well pump uses a 750W electric motor, and electric is about 9c/kWh,
so that's 6.75c/hour to run the pump. 2.75 x 6.75 = 18.56c total cost.
In other words, just a shade under 12 pence.
If you want to factor in the cost of drilling/installing a new well, then
(assuming a 20 year lifespan, although we've got 26 years on our well and
35 on the pump) add 4p to the above.
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