Tips on saving water around the home
Below are listed some water saving tips for around the home.
*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 - Everytime 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!
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