CONSERVING WATER AROUND YOUR HOME IS SIMPLE, CHECK OUT THESE TIPS
Water conservation is a global practice that is essential in preserving a healthy eco-system and environment. Adding a few extra steps to your daily routine will not only save water, but also save you money.
Check out these easy tips to help you save water around the home. Some points may be more obvious than others, but a reminder is always necessary.
TURN TAPS OFF WHEN NOT IN USE
Sometimes we get lazy and forget to turn taps off, especially when brushing our teeth. The convenience that comes with being able to rinse efficiently during a brush cannot be overlooked, however, it’s not going to affect the routine too much if you decide to switch off the tap. It recommended that you brush your teeth for approximately two minutes, if you leave your tap open for a full two minutes, you’re throwing away at least 1 litre of water. The same goes for shaving. You can combat this problem by shaving in the shower, as for the men, you might want to install a mirror close by!
CHECK FOR LEAKS
It is imperative that you check leaks regularly to ensure you’re not wasting water slowly but surely. You probably receive your water bill monthly, and over a span of four weeks, a leak will cause a major dent in your water bill. If you notice a spike in your bill and you didn’t have an extra family member staying with you for the month, chances are, there is a leak somewhere. Regular pipe checks will ensure that your plumbing system is in peak condition, minimising the risk of pipe bursts, leaks and hefty water bills.
REDUCE YOUR RETICULATION RUN TIME
With over 40% of household water used outside the home, it’s important to water efficiently in the garden. Reduce your reticulation or irrigation system run time by just 2 minutes per station to save big and still maintain a healthy garden. Aim for watering runs of 10 minutes per station – even less in cooler months and remembering that different types of sprinklers have different watering rates.
INSTALL WATER-SAVING PRODUCTS
One of the most effective ways to save water around the house is to install plumbing products that were designed for that purpose. Manufacturers around the globe quickly learned that saving water was essential to preserve the Earth’s eco-system, which is why you are able to find water-saving systems almost anywhere. There is a variety of water efficient showerheads, low flush toilets, eco-dishwashers and eco-water machines that will save you water and, in turn, money.
INSTALL A RAINWATER TANK
A small rainwater tank plumbed into your toilet and laundry will save you water. By plumbing a small tank into the laundry and toilet that ensures rainwater from wetter months is used indoors, saving our normal scheme water. A larger tank (at least 4,000 litres) is required to help with garden watering in summer.
ONLY USE YOUR DISHWASHER AND WASHING MACHINE FOR FULL LOADS
Dishwashers use a great amount of water for a single load, which is why it is recommended that you only use your dishwasher once a day when it is full.