There are two reasons to consider water conservation at home. The first is to help save the environment; the second is to help reduce your energy bills and save you money.
This is a genuine concern; the average water bill in Australia is now in excess of $600 per year. While a large part of this is fixed costs anything you can do to reduce the amount of water you use will help to move the bill in the right direction.
Check Your Water
The first step must be to contact your local Sydney plumber and have them check your plumbing. They will be able to advise if you have any issues and what maintenance is required. More importantly they are sure to identify any leaks and fix them for you.
Considering that one slow leak of 4,000 drops can waste a liter of water you’ll soon appreciate how quickly your water bill can rise and become an issue.
That’s why you need to use these tips to conserve water at home:
Most people need to run the tap before the hot water comes through. This can take a minute or two which means you’re wasting this much water while waiting.
To prevent this you should use a bucket or bowl to catch the water and then save it for use in the garden. You can even use this water to flush your toilet.
Another way to reduce your consumption of water is to collect the rainwater from your roof into a container. This can also be used to flush your toilet or water your plants.
Turn Off the Tap
If you leave the tap on while brushing your teeth you could be wasting hundreds of liters of water a year. Just turning it off can save you a considerable sum.
If you’re not sure about how effective this is then consider the fact that the average faucet uses 2.5 gallons of water a minute.
The same is true when you need to wash your hands.
This tip may not appeal to everyone but you can save a lot of water and money by not flushing every time you use the toilet. The adage goes “if it’s yellow then let it mellow”. If you can cope with this then you’ll find it a worthwhile water saving tip.
If you have the opportunity to replace your washing machine, dishwasher and other water based appliances then be sure to replace them with ones that are energy efficient and use less water.
This also applies to your faucets and showers. You can add an aerator to the faucet which will reduce the amount of water coming out of your faucet without changing the feeling of high pressure. It simply adds air to the mix.
You can also consider showering a little less or taking shorter showers.
Use The Car Wash
Washing your car at home uses a lot of water. You can conserve this water by taking your car t the car wash instead.
All you need to do is think about your use of water and you’ll quickly see where else you can save water and money.