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A soak in the tub could cost £1,000 every year, water company warns

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Running the bath is likely to cost households over £1,000 this year, new research has forecast, more than double the price in 2022.

That follows another mammoth increase last year when the cost surged by 79 per cent. 

Altogether, between 2021 and 2023, the annual cost is expected to have vaulted from £303 a year to £1,023.

The research, put together by Yorkshire Water, found that numerous everyday actions involving water were spiralling in cost despite the fact that water rates remained unchanged.

Boiling the kettle for a cup of tea was found to be 80 per cent more expensive last year, equivalent to an extra £8.32 a year, and was expected to go up by a further £3.36 this year.

Running a dishwasher, meanwhile, nearly doubled in price last year to £236, as did the cost of using a washing machine, which reached £223.

By far the most expensive use of water, however, proved to be the humble bathtub. Water companies and environmentalists have long recommended switching from baths to shorter showers to conserve water, but the added impact of energy price spikes has created a renewed incentive.

Emily Brady, of Yorkshire Water, said: “Managing water use in the home is a great way to keep bills down.

“The environmental benefits to saving water are well known, but there are also great cost savings to reducing your usage – especially when it comes to heating water.”

The figures from Yorkshire were based on three baths a week per household. The company recommended switching to five showers a week instead. It also recommended that shower users cut their ablutions from eight to four minutes.

Added up, the average household could save £700 a year, the utility company said.

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Running the bath is likely to cost households over £1,000 this year, new research has forecast, more than double the price in 2022. Altogether, between 2021 and 2023, the annual cost is expected to have vaulted from £303 a year to £1,023. Running a dishwasher, meanwhile, nearly doubled in price last year to £236, as did the cost of using a washing machine, which reached £223.

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