Drought is a common problem in Australia. And as populations increase and natural water sources decline, it’s important for everyone to play their part with water efficiency. Australia is one of the driest inhabited continents and with there being no control over the weather, relieving the stress on our water sources should be on everyone’s mind. There are simple steps you can take to preserve water at home. With a little effort, you can cut water wastage significantly in the shower, laundry, toilet, garden and sinks. Let’s take a look how.
How to Conserve Water in the Kitchen?
While you may not realise it – handwashing your dishes uses up to three times more water than a dishwasher! If you have a dishwasher, save your hands and water by using it. Other ways to save water in the kitchen are;
- Fit aerators on your faucets
- Install single-lever mixer taps
- Start a compost pile for waste instead of using an in-sink garburator
- Get your local Logan plumber to fix leaks
- Wash fruit and veg in a bowl instead of under running water
Reduce Water Consumption in the Shower
Experts reckon we use up to 10 litres of water more per minute when using an older showerhead model. Save water and install a water-efficient showerhead. Other ways to save water in the shower are;
- Use a shower timer
- Install a low-flow showerhead
Simple Ways to Save Water in the Toilets
Single flush cisterns use 9-11 liters of water per use. Dual flush cisterns use 3 litres for half a flush and 4.5-6 litres for a complete flush. The toilet is where the largest amount of water is used in a home. If you haven’t already, install the dual flush model which is largely more water efficient. Another way to save water in the toilet is to use a tank float booster. This can save up to 10 gallons of water a day. Talk to your local plumbers to make your toilet more water efficient.
Decrease Water Usage in the Laundry
13% of water usage in Australian households goes through the laundry. By making a few smart choices, you can save a large amount of water here.
- Save 35% on water bills by using an energy efficient washing machine. Choose a model that has a WELS star rating of 5 or higher
- Wash only with full loads and only once a week if possible
Water Saving Tips for the Garden
While you may think you’re doing your garden good by watering excessively. The thing is, much water can be wasted due to over watering and when it runs off and away from plants. Here are some water saving tips for the garden.
- Water plants late in the day or early in the morning. These are the times when evaporation is lowest
- Collect greywater to use for plants. Some ideas are collecting water used from washing fruits and veggies and the used water from the washing machine
- Don’t keep the hose running when washing your car. Use a bucket of water and just hose the car down at the end
- Consider installing an automatic irrigation system
- If you use sprinklers, check the water doesn’t get wasted spraying over paved areas
- Consider drought resistant plants that need little water and maintenance