When it comes to reducing water usage within your home, even small changes can have quite a big impact – not just on the environment but also on your water bills! Here are 10 tips for saving water at home.
1. Identify and fix leaks: Dripping taps or constantly running toilets signal an obvious waste of water that should be repaired promptly to minimise water wastage. But if you suspect you may have a hidden leak within your home, contact your local licensed plumber to investigate further.
2. Water-saving showers and tapware: When it’s time to replace some of your fixtures and fittings, WELS water efficiency ratings are a great way to compare products – the more stars on the WELS label, the less water the product will use and the more money you will save. Another option is to have aerators or flow controllers installed on your existing tapware, which will significantly reduce your in-home water usage.
3. Consider water-efficient appliances: WELS ratings also apply to water-using appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines. All new washing machines comply with a minimum water efficiency standard, and some newer model dishwashers can use as little as half the water of older models.
4. Only run full loads: Avoid using your washing machine or dishwasher when it’s half full. Running these appliances only when you have a full load is much more water and energy efficient.
5. Water-efficient toilets: All new toilets come with the half-flush water-saving option, which can save families thousands of litres of water per year. But if you have an older model with full-flush only, there are some low-cost devices available that can be installed in your cistern to reduce the amount of water used for each flush.
6. Minimise running water: Always turn the taps off while you’re brushing your teeth. You can also save a considerable amount of water by washing vegetables or dishes with the plug in the sink rather than under running water.
7. Reduce your time in the shower: Simple – encourage everyone in your household to have shorter showers. Putting a timer in the shower or bathroom is a great way to keep everyone on track.
8. Catch the cold water: Use a bucket to collect the cold water when you first turn on the bath or shower – this can then be used to water some potplants!
9. Install a water tank: Collecting and reusing rainwater in even a small-size tank is one of the most effective ways to reduce mains water use and cut your water bills. This fresh rainwater can be used to water lawns or gardens.
10. Get the family involved: Discuss your water-saving ideas with other members of your household and get them all on board. And
remember – it’s never too early to teach young children some simple water-saving habits that can stay with them for life!