Why Conserve Water?
Water is such an important resource, not only in Australia but all over the world. It nourishes us when we are dehydrated, gives life to our plants and wildlife, it also plays an important role in our household washing and cooking. Without flushing water, our waste would have no way of travelling to our sewerage system leaving our environment unhygienic and full of harmful disease and bacteria.
It is easy to use excessive amounts of water as it is always accessible in your home. Turn on a tap and it comes pouring out, run a load in your washing machine or flush the toilet and the contents is quickly washed down the pipes. Some of us do not really stop and think about our water usage or about water conservation.
On average, each person in a household consumes about 340 litres of water per day. With the largest use being the toilet, followed by having a shower. This makes Australia one of the largest consumers of water per year!
We have struggled with the worst drought periods and because our natural environment is quite dry, it is important that we use less water to reduce our water footprint on the world.
Saving water does not have to be difficult and can be carried out by everyone in your home. Following these tips can create a massive difference in your water consumption and also save you money with your next water bill.
10 Easy Ways to Save Water
Here are some simple tips to save water that does not take a lot of effort. All you need is some minor adjustments to how you normally do things. By following these guidelines, you will begin to see a difference in your water footprint. And by using less water, your utility bill will reduce as well.
- When you purchase a dishwasher, make sure it has a 5-star WELS rating. And only ever start a load when the machine is full. You should try to use the dishwasher with the most water-efficient option and scrape food into the bin rather than running a pre-rinse.
- Make sure to turn your tap off when, not in use and tend to any minor leaks.
- Install taps with high water saving ratings.
- Wash your dishes in the sink filled with soapy tap water rather than rinsing them under a running tap.
- Leftover cooking or washing water can be great for watering plants.
- Limit washing dishes by hand. Use your dishwasher at a full load to use less running water.
- Keep your tap turned off tightly to stop drips.
- Fill one bottle for drinking water and reuse it throughout the day. This will minimise using new dishes and water use.
- Install a water-saving device on all fixtures.
- Install water-saving devices on your showerheads and bathroom taps. You can purchase these and your local home improvement stores.
- Have shorter showers. Limit your time to 4 minutes. You can place a bucket to catch the water from the showerhead when you are waiting for the shower to heat up. You can use this water for your plants and lawn.
- Adjust your thermostat on your hot water tank so you don't need to use excessive cold water.
- When brushing your teeth, remember to turn your tap off.
- Inspect pipes and fixtures for any leaks. Check under your bathroom sink for drips or walls and ceiling for water damage, mould or discolouration.
- If you use a bathtub, be mindful not to overfill the tub. Regulate the temperature as it is filling up to prevent adding more hot or cold water than you need. You can use less water for pets and small children.
- If you have a dual flush toilet, only use the half flush when required. Installing a high WELS rating cistern will use less water with each flush.
- Always inspect your toilet for trickling water inside the bowl. Attend to any leaks fast.
- Do not flush anything other than toilet paper and human waste down the drain. You are wasting water and causing a blockage to happen in the drain pipes.
- Installing an energy-efficient 5-star WELS rating washing machine will reduce water usage. Front-loaders are better systems for water conservation.
- Only use the machine if it has a full load.
- Adjust the machine settings accordingly. For lightly soiled clothes, use a milder wash setting.
- Be on the lookout for leaks under the laundry basin. Check for splits on the washing machine hose
- The best time to water your garden is before 10 am or after 4 pm. You should only use a watering can or a bucket rather than a running hose.
- When watering your plants, make sure to saturate the roots and not just the leaves.
- Weeding your garden regularly can prevent water loss for your plants. Weeds can steal the water supply to your plants and lawn.
- Having your grass a touch longer can help in retaining water which means you can use less water.
- Look into installing a drip irrigation system for your lawn and plants.
- Research on the best mulch to layer on your garden. Mulch will retain the moisture for your plants and vegetables.
- Search for the best soil and plants for your garden. And understand the best area to grow them. This can help when it comes to watering and general maintenance.
- You can use greywater to feed your plants, vegetables and lawn.
Hot Water System
- Purchase a high WELS Rating tank that provides efficient hot water. Hot water systems are best installed close to high water use such as in the kitchen or bathroom.
- Find the right size for your household needs.
- Installing an instantaneous hot water system means less time waiting for the water to heat whilst it's running.
- It is a good idea to monitor your water meter. If you notice that it is ticking over rapidly, or you have an unusually high water bill, this could be an indication of a leak. Speak to your water provider or local licensed plumbing company.
- Evaporation occurs when the natural elements cause water to escape from your pool. You are more inclined to fill up the water level if you feel it is getting low. To prevent evaporation from the sun and wind, invest in a sturdy cover.
- You can increase the shade around and over the pool. This will also prevent water loss.
- Remember to attend to any leaks as soon as possible.
You Can Save Water!
There are many ways you can save water around your home. Although some may not seem like much, over time the water and money saved adds up.
For other water conservation tips and ways to monitor your water use, contact your local licensed plumbing team. They will point you in the right direction on how to save water and take care of the environment.
Until then, good luck saving!