It can be tough to keep our New Year promises – the most common of which is to get fit and healthy - so Anglian Water has come up with its top tips to help customers keep theirs. 

Anglian Water’s Sarah Dobson said: “Each year, thousands of us set ourselves goals to achieve over the coming year such as to get in better shape, save money, be greener or get involved in our local communities.

“But many of our ambitious New Year’s Resolutions can be difficult to keep or fall by the wayside come February. Last year, research found 63% of us failed to keep our resolutions – that’s why we’ve come up with five suggestions to help keep the most popular resolutions and promises to ourselves.”

Top five New Year’s Resolution tips:

1) Promised to get fit?: Visit an Anglian Water water park and you can take a walk, ride your bike and see some wildlife in beautiful surroundings – practically on your doorstep in some places. Anglian Water has nine water parks of various sizes: Rutland Water near Stamford is the biggest, plus Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire, Pitsford Water in Northamptonshire, Alton Water near Ipswich and Taverham in Norwich, plus Covenham, Ardleigh, Raventhorpe and Hollowell Reservoirs which all have short walks available. With many miles of footpaths and cycleways to choose from it’s ideal for helping us keep to those resolutions to get outside, keep fit and fight the festive flab.

2) Pledged to get involved in your local community?: If you want to make new friends or give something back to your community this year, a RiverCare or BeachCare group could be just the thing for you. The initiative - a collaboration between Anglian Water and Keep Britain Tidy - encourages people to look after their local waterways and coastline. Volunteers are given all the tools, training and support to carry out regular river clean-ups to help their local environment flourish. You can find your nearest group at www.keepbritaintidy.org/rivercare

3) Want to help the environment?: Why not start by saving water to help care for our natural resources. We offer a free water saving home visit to our water customers and free water saving devices that could be just the kickstart you need to hit that resolution target. As well as fitting free water saving devices, our home visit will give you loads of useful tips on how to save water. And if you’re on a metered water supply, they should help you cut your water bills too. www.anglianwater.co.uk/environment/how-you-can-help/using-water-wisely/we-products/survey
Another way you can help protect the environment is by disposing of fats, oils and greases responsibly. Around 20,000 tonnes of fats and oils find their way into our region’s sewers each year and cause thousands of blockages. Blockages can lead to sewage spills in the environment. By putting cooking fats in the bin you are playing your part to protect the environment.

4) Looking to save money?: If you want to save money one of the best places to start is in the home. By switching to a water meter customers save, on average, £100 on their water bill. By using less water you’ll be saving money on your bill and you’ll also be heating less water and helping reduce your energy bills too. Did you know washing machines are one of the biggest energy users in the home? Around 90 per cent of the energy washing machines use is for heating water, so if you can reduce the wash temperature from 40 to 30 degrees, you’ll reduce the energy used by around 40 per cent. Also, half load buttons on washing machines and dishwashers use far more than half the energy, so try to make sure you have a full load and you should see your energy bills tumble. Over the next five years, Anglian Water aims reduce it’s operational carbon by more than 7% by 2020 from a 2015 baseline.

5) Aiming to get organised? Many of us make the resolution to be more organised and prepared over the coming year. Winter so far has been mild, windy and very wet. We never know what may be waiting around the corner and taking some small steps now can help protect your home against damage, while reducing energy bills too. Insulate your pipes and water tank, especially those in the loft. Pipes can be protected using wool matting or ready-moulded lengths of insulation foam. Another way to protect your home is to make sure you have disconnected the hosepipe from your outside tap to prevent it from bursting in cold weather.