Ten tips for saving water at home
Water is becoming more and more of a precious commodity. Many areas in Australia are now under strict water restrictions that affect how and when water can be used. It is important to know what restriction level affects your area when it comes to outdoor watering.
Although most rules only affect the way we use water outside the home, there are a number of ways to save water without too much effort and still keep ourselves happy and healthy inside our home.
In the bathroom and laundry
1. A full bath is relaxing and restorative however, a bath consumes up to 200 litres of water each time. Showering, on the other hand, only consumes an average of around 50 litres. You can save even more water by using modern shower heads with reduced water flow and keeping it short. Check your water restriction level, it might include a maximum shower time limit.
2. There are also effective water flow limiters for taps that can mix the water jet with air, therefore saving up to 50% of water without any additional effort.
3. Don’t leave the tap running unnecessarily when brushing your teeth. Dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, after breakfast and your evening meal, for at least two minutes. Leaving the tap running can result in 10 to 20 litres of wasted water. Turning off the tap can save up to seven cubic metres of water a year.
4. 7 to 8 litres of water are used for each toilet flush. Modern flush systems have a quick-flush option that reduces the flush to just five litres when appropriate. Over the course of a year, this can save around 7000 litres. Toilet flush mechanisms often have a slight defect that causes the flush to continue rinsing. A repair often costs less than the additional costs caused by continuous water loss.
5. If possible, washing machines should only be used when fully loaded. In general, a disproportionate amount of water is used to wash small loads. Modern washing machines have special economy and small load programs. When buying a new washing machine, note the water and energy consumption figures of the various products.
Check your water consumption
10. You should check your water consumption regularly. If you notice an unusual increase in water consumption, there may be a problem in the water pipes. If you suspect a leak, contact an installer or your local authority.