Water is very important in all aspects of our daily life. We clean with it, wash in it, water the garden with it and the list just goes on. By conserving water, you can play a part in helping our often drought stricken land as well as helping to save money in the family’s household budget.
There are many ways to save water in and around your home and here are some simple water savings tips for you to remember:
Yard and General Outdoor Areas
- Minimise evaporation by watering during the early morning hours when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter. Remember to periodically check your sprinkler system valves for leaks and keep sprinkler heads in good shape.
- In your garden, use mulch or compost in the garden to increase water absorption and the moisture content of your soil.
- Use a rain barrel to harvest rainwater from gutters for watering gardens and landscapes.
- Wash your pets outdoors, in an area of your lawn that needs water.
- Use a commercial car wash that recycles water or – wash your car on the lawn and you’ll water your grass at the same time.
In the Kitchen
- Keep a jug of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop gets consumed.
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
- If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink, drop them into a pot plant instead.
- Don’t use running water to thaw food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the refrigerator.
In the Laundry
- Wash only when you have full loads. It takes approximately the same amount of energy to wash a small load as it does a full load. Every time the machine is used, you’re consuming water, so consolidating washes will be more efficient.
- Wash in cold water. Today’s laundry detergents are made to clean clothes in cold water. The majority of energy used for washing clothes comes from heating water. Use hot water only for very dirty clothes and always use cold water for rinsing.
- Pre-soak or use the soak cycle when washing heavily soiled garments. You will avoid two washings and save water and energy.
In the Bathroom
- When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather up. When cleaning your teeth, fill a cup of water to rinse your mouth instead of running the tap.
- Toilets these days are normally dual flush. Use the half-flush for liquid waste and a full-flush for solid waste.
- Put a bucket in the shower while you’re waiting for the water to warm up and use the water you catch for watering plants, flushing the toilet or cleaning.
- Think of baths as an occasional treat and stick to showers. The average bath uses 110 to 190 litres of water whereas a 5 minute shower with a low-flow shower head only uses about 50 litres.
- Fix those leaking taps. That constant drip is more than just annoying – it’s also a huge waste of water. You can lose more than 75 litres of water a day from a single dripping tap.
By taking simple steps to reduce your water use at home you can quickly be on your way to saving litres and dollars everyday.