Australians consume huge amounts of water every day. In a country as dry as ours, this is costly not only to your wallet but to the environment and future generations. Most of that water is used in our homes and gardens, which means we have the power to change it. Here are some steps you can take around the home to save money and conserve water.
Install a Rainwater Tank
Capturing rainwater to use in your garden is an excellent way to reduce the amount of drinking water you use from our reservoirs. Check with your water retailer to determine if a rainwater tank is recommended for your area. Tanks are available in various sizes and styles so research different rainwater tanks to determine which is best for your needs. There may be rebates available for purchasing a water tank, so check with your local council to find out.
Buy a Water-Efficient Washing Machine
If you’re buying a new washing machine, make sure it has at least a five-star water efficiency rating and four-star energy rating. Front-loading washing machines are usually the most water efficient, using up to 50% less water.
Install a Water-Efficient Showerhead
You can save more than 10,000 litres of water per person each year by installing a water-efficient showerhead. There are often exchange programs available that allow you to swap your old showerhead for a new, efficient one – rather than paying out. Contact your local water supplier to find out more.
Install a Dual Flush Toilet
For a family of four, installing a dual flush toilet can save more than 35,000 litres of water a year. Find a reputable plumber to make sure the installation is done correctly. Financial assistance is available in some areas to help households swap their old toilets for new water saving models.
Install a Cistern Displacement Device
If you can’t afford a new, water-efficient toilet, your plumbers can install a water displacement device instead. These devices significantly reduce the amount of water used in each flush, leading to big savings over the year.
Reusing greywater is a great way to conserve our precious drinking water. Take care to collect and use it safely by doing your research before you get started.
Be a Water-Wise Gardener
Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth and our native plants are built to withstand such dry conditions. Replace non-indigenous plants with Australian varieties for a water-efficient garden.
Make Friends with Your Plumber
Your local plumber should be coming around to visit at least once a year to do maintenance plumbing. This will save water by making sure leaks and other problems are found and repaired early.
Other Water Saving Tips
Some other handy tips are:
- Take shorter showers
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth
- Use a plug in the sink when preparing vegetables, washing fruit or washing dishes by hand
- Use mulch or compost in the garden to increase water absorption and the moisture content of your soil
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