Water conservation, save money and the environment. Small changes to your daily routine can have a big impact, both on the environment and on your water bill.
These are our top 10 tips to save…..
1 - Turn off the tap
It sounds simple and it is simple. Turn the tap off when you brush your teeth, wash your hands, shampoo your hair and even shave. Become running water aware. A running tap can use 10L of water per minute.
2 - Install a Rainwater Tank
It falls from the sky and it's free…catch it and use it. Search RAINWATER TANKS here.
3 - Check all taps and pipes for leaks
Leaking taps can waste up to 10,000L per year. Don't forget to check the toilet. t's easy to do: just put food colouring in the cistern. If the colour shows in the toilet bowl without flushing, you've got a leak.
4 - Use your greywater
All of the water from the bath, shower and washing machine can be reused as greywater. A greywater system in a 4-person house can provide around 40,000L of water per year for your garden.
5 - Reduce your shower time
About 29% of the water used in an average Australian household is used in the shower. Cut down your showers to under 5 minutes. Install water efficient shower heads and save up to 11 litres of water every minute. Bath small children together. Choose the shower over the bath, A shower only uses around 35 to 95 litres, while a bath takes up to 265!
6 - Don't pour it down the drain
Do you pour half empty glasses of water down the drain? Guilty of pouring out the kids drink bottles? Pour all water on the garden and pot plants. Try filling a jug with tap water and placing it in your fridge. This will mean you don't have to leave the cold tap running for the water to run cold before you fill your drinking glass. You could also designate one glass for your drinking water each day,or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
7- Let it mellow
We have all heard the saying "if it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down" ........with the ½ flush. Replace old toilets with new dual flush toilets. Use the half flush and save. Older model toilets can use up to 12 litres of water per flush, whereas dual-flush toilets use only 3 litres on a half-flush.
8 - Appliances
Think before you wash. Use correct washing machine settings for your washing loads. On average a washing machine uses around 150 litres of water per cycle. Only run your dishwasher when it is full….. Replace old appliances with water efficient appliances. Australia has mandatory Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS). Labels apply to all showerheads, washing machines, toilets, dishwashers and urinals. It also applies to some types of taps. The more stars on the label, the more water-efficient the product. Choosing to buy only high efficiency products will help you save water.
LEARN MORE about Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS)
9 - Become a water garden guru
Ditch the hose! Wash your vehicle on the lawn and use a bucket. Use a broom or a blower. Put your sprinklers and irrigation on a timer. check irrigation regularly for leaks. Adjust your lawn mower to the highest setting, taller grass holds soil moisture, meaning you have to water less. Ensure all your pot plants have saucers and regularly mulch your garden. Every drop counts.
10 - Water wise your home
Teach your children to be water wise and encourage saving practices. Monitor your water meter and set water usage goals each week. Ensure your roof has a gutter system. Keep your gutters clean and check every year for holes and leaks. This allows you to collect more water. Report broken pipes or leaks to local council.
Want to save more money? Try this Water Usage Calculator