Simple actions to minimise your water consumption today
Australians are one of the biggest water consumers per capita on earth, but we have fewer water resources than most other industrialised societies.
So, we should all be making a conscious effort to conserve as much water as possible. By doing so it will not only be beneficial to the environment, but your bank balance will benefit too.
By making a few simple changes in your daily routine and making wise choices when replacing appliances you will be improving the efficiency water conservation in your household:.
- Never ignore a leak
If you think you may have a leak in your home whether it be from pipe work, appliances, toilets or sinks then do not put these off – act upon them quickly. If you go to our website we have a fact sheet on how to carry out a simple DIY leak detection test or whether you’re experiencing a dripping or call us and one of our plumbers will be able to quickly source the problem and resolve the issue. If you choose to ignore your dripping tap or leaking pipework, then you are not only wasting water and money, but also could be causing further long term damage which can be very costly to rectify.
- Check the WELS rating
All new fixtures are rated using the Water Efficiency labelling and standards (WELS) system, making it easy for customers to choose the best products. They are reasonably priced based on considering they can save up to 25% water used within your property
- Don’t do half loads
This is directed at both dishwashers and washing machines. By only operating your appliances when you have full loads will not only save up to 10 litres of water PER wash, but will help cut down your electricity bills too. Double win.
- Consider Dual flush toilet cisterns
An old style single flush toilet can use up to 16 litres per flush, water which is not required each time you flush the toilet. With a dual flush cistern, only use between 3.5 and 7 litres per flush if you choose a dual flush toilet. As you can see this is a massive saving on your water consumption, for a family of four this could equate to a minimum 11,000 litres per year.
- Outdoor water usage
Installing a grey water tank is an affordable, eco-friendly addition to your home, offering a fantastic solution for outdoor water needs and a great way to significantly reduce your water bill. As a guide a 2,000 litre slim line tank costs around $1000. You can use this water to wash your car and irrigate you garden. If you can locate it near to a bathroom or toilet it could also service a toilet or washing machines depending on its size.
One of my pet hates is the waste of water when I wait for our hot tap to warm up. To reduce wasting so much water, keep a watering can/bucket at hand in your home then place it under the tap or shower until the hot water comes through. This cheap trick will provide a good supply of water to irrigate your indoor and outdoor plants.