Regenda couple reveal water-saving secret

Regenda residents Sue and Wayne Hubbard have revealed the naked truth about how saving water can be good clean fun.

The cheeky couple have dramatically reduced the amount of water they use, partly by showering together!

The Hubbards, who are taking part in an energy-saving project run by the Regenda Group housing association, have exposed how they cut their water bill by a staggering 82 per cent.

“When we undertook the challenge to reduce our fuel bills we thought about every possible way we could save water, gas and electricity. Showering together is one of the more entertaining ways of saving water. We’ve been together for 20 years and this has brought me and Wayne closer together in more ways than one,” said 54 year-old Sue.

The couple, who live on the Limehurst estate in Oldham, are now bathing in energy-saving glory after reducing their monthly water bill from £46.60 to a mere £8.20.

They began by having a water meter installed and investing in two garden water butts to collect rainwater. A clever little device was then fitted to their toilet to reduce the amount of water used in a flush.

Now, every time they turn on a tap, Sue and Wayne make sure not a single drop of water goes to waste.

Regenda hopes the Hubbard’s squeaky clean image will now encourage other residents to take up the challenge of saving water, gas, and electricity to avoid fuel poverty.

“People might poke fun at me and Sue having a shower together but there is a serious side to all this. We quickly discovered that as soon as you start monitoring your water and energy use you immediately start to save it. It’s just a question of changing old habits and doing things differently.” – Wayne Hubbard

The Hubbards have also cut their monthly gas bill by half, from £60 down to £30, and reduced their electricity bill from £56 to £30 a month.

Sue, who has written a blog listing the ways they have saved water and energy, is confident they can do even better.

“So far we have saved a grand total of £1,132 on our water, gas and electricity bills and we reckon we can beat that over the next year. Saving that amount of money means we can now afford to shower our three children and five grandchildren with presents this Christmas,” said Sue.

Regenda challenged its residents to start monitoring their usage as part of the National Energy Study. The housing association also offers a free home energy survey to residents who are struggling with their fuel bills.