Conservation of water is everybody’s responsibility. Here are some tips that can help you reduce water consumption, helping the environment whilst also saving you money on your water bill.
Water Saving Tips Around the Home
- Insulate hot water pipes, this avoids wasting water while waiting for hot water to flow through and saves energy
- Make sure your hot water system thermostat is not set too high. Adding cold water to cool very hot water is wasteful.
- Install water efficient tapware or retrofit old tapware with aerators or flow control valves.
- Install a 3 star/AAA rating showerhead – this can save around 10 litres of water a minute.
- When purchasing new appliances check the appliance for a WELS (National Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards scheme) label.
- If you have a leaking tap, replace the washer or other components as required. Dripping taps can waste 30–200 litres of water per day.
- To detect a leak, ensure all taps are turned off. Check your water meter and note the reading. Then check the reading again after about three hours. If no water has been used, the reading should be the same. If the meter has moved, you have a leak that needs to be found and fixed.
- Only turn the dishwasher on when it’s full.
- Don’t turn the washing machine on until you have a full load or make sure you adjust the load setting to suit your washing requirements.
- Consider installing rainwater tanks for non domestic purposes. Contact Council for approval.
- Establish local native plants and water wise plants and utilise mulch in the garden as these require less water.
- Watering your garden in the cool of the early morning, or in the evening reduces water loss through evaporation.
- Consider installing grey water irrigation system for the garden (not to be used on vegetable or fruit gardens). Contact Council for approval.