As the driest populated continent in the world with one of the highest water usages per capital, it’s never been more essential to ensure that we do everything we can to minimise water wastage and preserve our ecosystem. Read on for our 10 simple water saving tips that you can put into practice now to make a difference tomorrow:
Take Short Showers
You can waste litres of water by having a long shower in the morning or afternoon. Try to limit your shower time to 4 minutes to reduce water consumption. Put a timer in the bathroom to help you keep track!
Turn Taps Off When Brushing Your Teeth
If you’re someone who leaves the tap on while brushing your teeth, you’re wasting up to 10 litres of water per minute. Turn the taps off until you’re ready to rinse.
Wash With a Full Load
You can help to save water by waiting until your dishwasher and washing machine has a full load before using them. If possible, use an energy-efficient appliance that lets you customise the settings to conserve more water. There’s also no need to rinse your dishes first before stacking them in the dishwasher.
Choose a Half Flush When You Can
Did you know that up to 9% of water in every household goes down the toilet? By using a half flush where possible, you’re cutting down your water wastage from 5-6 litres down to around 3 litres.
Install a Rainwater Tank
A rainwater tank can help you to catch excess rain that you can then recycle back into your home for a multitude of purposes, from watering the garden to washing the car.
A solar hot water system uses the sun to heat your water and significantly reduces water heating energy consumption.
Use a Grey Water System
A grey water system catches the waste water you use from your laundry, bath, showers and basins. This water can then be used to water your plants and lawn or be treated to use in toilets and laundry washing.
Put a Bucket in the Shower
By putting a bucket in the shower and leaving it in there for the duration of the shower, you can easily catch all of the water that comes out while you wait for it to heat up plus any extra drops.
Wash Clothes in Cold Water
Washing your clothes in cold water not only saves water and energy, it can also prevent your clothes from fading and shrinking for a win-win situation.
Leak-Proof Your Home
A leaking toilet or dripping shower tap could waste up to 20,000 litres of water a year! Make sure you find and repair any leaks to minimise water wastage and avoid excess water bills. A qualified plumber can get the job done for you.
Reduce Your Water Wastage With Barker Plumber Services
If you’ve read our water saving tips and need some extra help in minimising your water use, Barker Plumbing Services can help. We’ll identify and repair any leaks in your home as well as provide the best solutions for reducing water in your home or business. Give us a call today to get started.