Do water meters save money? The benefits, costs and more

A man wearing an orange hi-vis jacket installing a water meter
Water meters don't always save you money (Image credit: Severn Trent)

Water meters are devices that record how much water is used in your home and could be a good option for certain households looking to lower their bills. 

In 1990, it became mandatory for all new homes to be fitted with a water meter, which means rather than paying a fixed rate for your water use, owners of new homes are only charged by their suppliers for the water they have used. 

Jack Woodfield
News Editor

Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and was the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating from 2019 until the beginning of 2023. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms. 

He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.