Not only is the drip, drip, drip of a tap irritating, but it is costing you a fortune too! Learn how to cut costs on your next water bill, and help do your part for the environment with our handy tips to help you save water.
1. Check For Leaks
There is a super simple way to check if your home has any leaks, without walking around to every water source. Begin by noting the number on your water metre. Do not use any water for 1 – 3 hours and go back and check the metre number. If the number has gone up, you have a leak.
Fact: A dripping tap can waste up to 20,000 litres of water a year!
2. Collect Water For Plants
Instead of running a hose or sprinkler to water your plants, collect water from around your home to keep them green! Whether it’s a half finished glass of water, from a leaking tap awaiting to be fixed, or water run off from your gutters, every drop counts.
Tip: Waterwise plants (dependant on your location) need less water. Visit http://aih.org.au/plant-selector to find the best waterwise plants for your area.
3. Replace Single-Flush Toilets With A Dual-Flush Toilet
An older model toilet uses on average 12 litres of water per flush, whereas a dual-flush uses only 3 litres per half-flush.
If you are looking for a really efficient water saving toilet, a 5-star model that re-uses water from a basin is a great option.
Fact: Converting to a water efficient toilet will save about on average 10,000 litres of water.
4. Wash Your Car & Fertilise Your Lawn At The Same Time
Many car shampoos contain phosphates similar to some fertilisers. By washing your car on your lawn, you not only stop soapy water washing into the gutters, but you can fertilise your lawn too!
Tip: We recommend using environmentally safe products to help stop any risk of chemicals entering the waterways.
5. Hire A Plumber To Install Flow Restrictor’s & Tap Aerators
By installing flow restrictor showerheads and tap aerators, you can reduce your home’s water consumption as much as 50%.
Fact: When you first have water efficient shower and tap heads installed, you may notice the water pressure is decreased. Don’t be alarmed as this is normal.
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