Water Saving Tips

Water Saving Tips

Save Water, Save Money

When we moved into our house a few years back, it was pretty typical of the 1960’s brick homes that are scattered all over Melbourne. Three bedrooms, one bathroom, Hills-hoist in the middle of the yard . . . it also hadn’t been touched on the inside since the 1960’s. This meant we had an old single flush toilet, a lovely pink shower in the bathroom and a kitchen tap that never stopped dripping.

Over the years we have slowly replaced the old fixtures throughout the house with more water efficient alternatives.  The thing I love about these simple changes are they don’t cost much and can have a real impact on overall water savings.

Many people I speak to would love to run grey water systems through their house or capture and re-use rain water with tanks, however feel they are unable to afford the up-front investment.  The ideas below are designed to be small water-saving changes that most people can do right now (and hopefully reduce their water bill):

Water Saving tips in and around the home

Toilet leaks and flushing

  • Replace your single flush toilet with a dual flush system – this one move can save up to ~60,000 litres of water each year.
  • Make sure your toilet is not leaking – you can check for a leak by placing a little bit of food dye in the cistern. If the water colour changes in the bowl in the ensuing minutes, then you know you have a leak.
  • Employ my young son’s midnight toilet tip . . . number one can stay, flush number two away (I don’t guarantee the cleanliness or sanity of that one!!)

Fill dishwasher and washing machines

  • Australia has a Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme – that provides consumers with information about the water efficiency of their appliances.   When it comes time to replace dishwashers or washing machines, use the WELS rating to help select a water efficient model.  It is suggested that 34% of water savings will come from just using water efficient washing machines1.Note – WELS rating also apply to showers, taps, toilets and there are standards about the minimum WELS rating of new appliances that can be installed in Australia.
  • Also remember an easy change to make is to ensure the washing machine and / or dishwasher are completely full before running a cycle.
  • Recycling the waste water from the washing machine to water garden beds is also a great way to re-use water outside.

Shorter Shower Time

Dripping Taps

  • Please don’t let them drip for ages!! I know it is just one of those things that always gets shuffled to the bottom of a “To Do” list, but a leaking tap can waste anywhere up to 12000L per year3.
  • Try to avoid turning taps off too hard – this can damage the washers within the taps and cause leaks.

For more great tips you can check-out the following websites:

References:

  1. http://www.waterrating.gov.au/about-wels
  2. http://www.techinsider.io/color-changing-shower-tracks-water-waste-2016-1
  3. http://www.yourhome.gov.au/water/reducing-water-demand

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