Every year around Australia there are people living in drought-stricken areas who struggle to hydrate their animals, water their crops and carry out normal daily tasks that require water. Abundant running water is something that many of us take for granted.
Many people hold the assumption that their water use doesn’t have much effect on others, however, it is quite the contrary. By practising conservative water habits in your everyday routine, there’s more water to go around.
Did you know that a dripping tap can waste as much as 20,000 litres of water per year? This can cost you upwards of $50 on your water bill! Why spend unnecessary money when you can easily avoid it?
How To Save Water At Home
There are a few small changes that you can implement in your household to be more water conscious and environmentally friendly. Here are some easy water-saving tips.
1. Check for leaky taps or a leaky toilet
Leaky taps can waste as much as 20,000 litres of water alone per year. This adds more money to your water bills and is part of the reason why we have to be so conservative in times of drought. A leaky toilet, on the other hand, has even larger consequences for both your wallet and the environment. Leaky toilets can waste 30,000 to 70,000 litres of water every quarter. If a person were to have both of these issues in their home, they could be throwing away more than $138 every quarter. Not to mention the amount of water wastage being generated. If you’re having either of these issues, consider contacting our team at Chiswick Plumbing so we can fix this issue quickly and efficiently. To book your service call, click here.
2. Take shorter showers
Most people like to indulge in their shower time and we can’t blame you! But on average, showering uses 15-20 litres of water per minute, which means the longer the shower, the more water wasted. Keeping your shower to 5 minutes or shorter every day makes a world of difference and gets you into a good, time-efficient habit. It’s a win-win situation.
An alternative solution is to install water-saving showerheads so you can still enjoy a little bit extra time in the shower and save water.
3. Don’t leave your taps running unnecessarily
Whether it be filling the sink, doing the dishes or hand washing your clothes, try not to leave the tap running for too long. Fill your sink once and wash the dishes in the same water; rinse the dishes one by one, turning the tap on and off each time. Little things like this can save you a lot of water and in the long run and save a lot of money. Plus, it really doesn’t take much effort at all to make these small changes.
4. Install a rainwater tank or greywater diverter
These methods require a bit more effort, but they are extremely helpful for long term use to reduce your water usage. A rainwater tank, like the name suggests, captures rainwater so that you can use it for other purposes like toilet water or for your garden. Greywater diverters, on the other hand, collects used water from your baths, showers or washing machine. As long as it doesn’t contain any bleach, this water is completely safe to use in your garden as an alternative to wasting fresh water.
Save Water In Your Garden
There are some easy ways that you can be more conservative with your garden water use this spring and summer:
- Look after your soil so that it retains more water and reduces that amount of times you have to water it.
- Check your soil to ensure that it needs water – if it’s damp, you can wait until the next day to water again.
- If you’re planting new greenery, try to pick plants that don’t require as much water.
- Use sprinklers on a short cycle for your grass, and use watering cans or seep hoses for your garden beds.
- If you want to be really water conscious, you can install a rainwater tank or a greywater diverter so you can reuse free water!
If you have noticed any plumbing issues around your home but aren’t sure how serious they are, make sure you all the team at Chiswick plumbing. We can conduct home inspections for all of your plumbing fixtures. You can be sure that you’re not wasting or spending excess money on water.