Tips on saving water around the home

Below are listed some water saving tips for around the home.

• A leaking toilet can waste up to 200 litres of water per day.  Conduct a dye test by putting a few drops of food colouring into the toilet cistern & checking for colour in the toilet bowl 15 mins later

• Replace showerheads with 3 star or better WELS rated models. They can reduce the flow from up to 25litres per minute down to 9litres per minute

• Flow-controlled aerators for taps are inexpensive and can reduce water flow by 50%.

• Brooms, squeegees and wet/dry vacuum cleaners are a good alternative to clean surfaces before washing with water

• Garbage-disposal units use about 6 litres of water per day. Put suitable food scraps into a composter or worm farm rather than down the kitchen sink.

• Catch running water whilst waiting for it to warm up. Use it to water plants, rinse dishes, or wash fruit and vegetables.

• Insulate hot water pipes. This avoids wasting water while waiting for hot water to flow through and saves energy.

• Adjust the water level to suit the size of the wash load - some new water efficient models will do this automatically.

• Leaking taps can usually be fixed by simply replacing the washer. Just remember to turn the water off at the mains before you start.

• If the tap still drips, call a plumber. The cost incurred will save you money on your water bills in the long run.

• Only fill the tub with as much water as needed. Use less for children and pets.

• Next time you have a bath, make sure to check your plug for any leaks and replace as necessary.

• Install a hot water system close to kitchen or bathroom facilities, requiring regular hot water so taps don't run cold water out for too long before hot water comes through.

• Ever noticed how taking a hot shower can sometimes turn into a 15-minute soak? Use a shower timer to control your showering times & save water. Give it a try!

• Save water with single lever mixer taps as the lever action mixes hot and cold water and allows you to find the right water temperature quickly, so you won’t waste water.

• Check the temperature of the bath as you fill. Adding extra water to get the correct temperature after the bath is at the right level is wasteful.

• Turn taps off firmly, but avoid excessive force that may damage the tap washer and cause the tap to leak.

• The more minutes you shave off using hot water, the more you save energy and keep dollars in your pocket.

• Putting a strainer over your drains catches anything that could clog your drain up.

• See if plants need watering by testing the soil with your finger. If it's damp 2 cm down, you don't need to water.

• What do you flush down the toilet? Every time you flush the toilet it wastes between 3 and 11 litres of water.

• Leave your cigarette butts, tissues, hair and other rubbish for the bin!

• When giving your pet fresh water, instead of throwing the old water down the drain, use it to water your trees or shrubs.

• Avoid recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.

• Designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.

• Don’t pour cooking grease, leftover frying fat or any oils down your sink drain. When cool, they harden and create clogs in your drains. Pour grease & oil into a can to cool, put it in the trash.

• Use rainwater to flush your toilet. A tank-to-toilet-flush pump system can use water from a rainwater tank, diverting to mains water only if necessary. Consult a plumber or tank retailer for advice.

• Take short showers. You can Soap up, wash down, rinse off in 4 mins or a bath uses less water than a long shower and you save on hot water costs at the same time.

• Depending on your plumbing, you may be able to divert your shower water to the garden.

• Try to use phosphate-free, eco-friendly detergents and cleaning products - there's a great range to choose from these days and they're much better for our environment.

• Don't use running water to defrost frozen food. Ideally place food in refrigerator to defrost overnight - this is also the healthiest option.

• Put in the plug as soon as you start running water to fill the sink. Keep the water pressure low while you wait for it to get hot.

• Automatic dishwashers can use up to 40 litres of water per load. By using a dishwasher with at least a 3 star/AAA rating 1, you can get this figure down to 18 litres per load and still get the kind of sparkling clean dishes you're used to.

• High water pressure increases flow rates from showers, taps, leaks and drips. If you have extreme high water pressure, a registered plumber can fit a pressure reduction valve at your property boundary.

• Insulate hot water pipes. This avoids wasting water while waiting for hot water to flow through and saves energy.

• Cook vegetables in a steamer, microwave or pressure cooker, or in pots with lids. These methods use less water and energy, and help retain the nutrients.

• When giving your pet fresh water, instead of throwing the old water down the drain, use it to water your trees or shrubs.

• 22% of total household water use is used in the shower. Limit your showers to 4 minutes or less. 4 Minutes is plenty of time to get clean!

• Use a minimum amount of organic or slow release fertilizer to promote a healthy and drought tolerant landscape.

• When buying new appliances, consider those that offer cycle and load size adjustments. They're more water and energy efficient.

• Regularly check your plugs. If your plug leaks, you will lose water while taking a bath. Replace with a new one.

• Make sure your hot water system thermostat is not set too high. Adding cold water to cool very hot water is wasteful.

• Wash with a full load & you will save 10 litres of water each wash.

• Use washing-up liquid sparingly as this will reduce the amount of rinsing required when washing dishes by hand.

• When you clean your fish tank, use the 'old' nitrogen and phosphorous rich water on your plants.

• Leaky Loos are the most common cause of high water bills. Check to make sure you don't have a leaking toilet.

• Repair leaks and dripping taps immediately to prevent water wastage.

• Avoid recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.

• Rinse your razor in a plugged sink rather than under running water.

• Turn taps off firmly, but avoid excessive force that may damage the tap washer and cause the tap to leak.

• By using a low flow toilet you can reduce your water consumption by 75% or more.

• Designate a drinking glass daily or refill a bottle. This cuts down on glasses to wash.

• Catch running water whilst waiting for it to warm up. Use it to water plants, rinse dishes, or wash fruit and vegetables.

• Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.

• Next time you buy a household appliance such as taps, toilets, showers, washing machines and dishwashers; make sure you check the water efficiency rating. They will have a WELs rating that states the water consumption and also has a star rating. By purchasing higher efficient appliances, it can save you water and money!

• Once you are done with your breakfast, lunch or dinner try scraping your plates clean instead of rinsing prior to washing or placing in the dishwasher.

• When having a bath, ensure you plug your bathtub before turning the water then adjust the temperature as the bathtub fills with water.

• The next time you use your washing machine, ensure you select the right water level for the size of your load or perhaps if you can, wait until you have a full load.

• If you have time, thaw your frozen foods instead of placing them under running water!

• Instead of using the hose to clean driveways and gutters, use a broom. It saves water and you get a workout as well!

• Whether you are at home or staying in a hotel, try and reuse your towels!

• Installing water efficient taps or tap aerators is an inexpensive way to cut your water usage without you even noticing.

• Check for toilet leaks by placing a few drops of biodegradable food colouring into the cistern, and wait for 30 minutes. If you have a leaking toilet, you will see coloured water in the toilet bowl and need to contact a plumber. A slow, barely visible leak into your toilet bowl can waste more than 4,000 litres of water a year. Visible, constant leaks (with a hissing sound) can waste 95,000 litres a year.

• Prevent taps from leaking by turning taps off lightly and replace washers as soon as they begin to leak.

• What do you flush down the toilet? Water Saving Tip - Every time you flush the toilet it wastes between 3 and 11 litres of water. 

• Leave your cigarette butts, tissues, hair and other rubbish for the bin, as these can clog pipes and waste water.


Sources: 

http://www.wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/index.php

http://www.savewater.com.au/;http://www.watercheck.biz/ 

http://martocchia.com

http://www.thinkwater.act.gov.au/water_savingtips/water_saving_tips.shtml

http://www.sydneywater.com.au/

http://www.pub.gov.sg/events/School/Pages/TeacherKit5.aspx

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/seal-bath-drain-leaks-29500.html

http://www.abc.net.au/water/stories/s1864974.htm;

http://www.watercorporation.com.au/home/business/saving-water/water-saving-tips

http://www.swiftplumbingsolutions.com; http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au

http://www.fatcat.com.au

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/

http://www.jediplumbing.com.au/

http://www.acsphoenix.com

http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Please refer to your local plumbing regulations before commencing any DIY plumbing

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