We should all be doing our best to save water where we can, and the best place to start is in our own homes. Help save the environment and your money by being more waterwise.
Saving water is so important, especially here in Australia where the weather is often hot and we turn to water to keep us cool. Here at Drains Plus, we get to see this ins and outs of Perth’s plumbing and drains, and we hate seeing water wastage. There are so many little things you can do around your home to save water. We’ve got 8 simple tips to get you started.
Dripping taps are not only annoying, they waste a lot of water. The droplets may not seem like much, but believe us, they add up. Let’s put some figures into this. If your tap leaks 10 drops of water per minute, that’s 14,400 drops per day, which can add up to approximately 3 litres of water wastage in just one day. Multiply that by the number of days you leave the tap leaking, and that’s a whole of water down the drain, literally. As soon as you notice a leak, get it fixed.
Turn off the tap
This is so simple, but so important. Too many of us leave the tap running when there really is no need to. Make sure you turn the tap off when you’re brushing your teeth, cleaning, and washing vegetables.
Save the cold water
As well as wasting water when we leave the tap running unnecessarily, we waste a lot of water while we’re waiting for it to heat up. Instead of letting the cold water run down the drain before jumping in the shower, put some buckets down and collect it. You can then use that water later in your garden or for cleaning.
Time your showers
It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re in the shower. Set a timer next time you get in to see how long you really take, then try to reduce that time. By taking just a minute off your showering time, you can save hundreds of litres of water per year.
Use appliances efficiently
Washing machines and dishwashers can use a lot of water when not used efficiently. You can save a lot of water (and energy) by waiting until you have a fuller load of clothes and dishes to wash.
Get waterwise appliances
To create a more waterwise home, look for water efficient household appliances, fixtures, and whitegoods. Check the efficiency rating on goods before purchasing, and opt for the most efficient ones.
Water in the evening
Watering in the evening allows your grass to better absorb water. This is because the temperature is lower at night than it is during the day, which means the water won’t evaporate as much, allowing more of it to effectively soak through your garden.
Cover your pool
Prevent water wastage through evaporation in your swimming pool by adding a cover to it. This will also help to keep the water warm, and reduce the amount of debris that lands in the pool.
Saving water really is quite easy, it’s just a matter of putting simple ideas to use in your home, and sticking to them. Drains Plus have the knowledge and experience to deal with all things plumbing and drains. Need us? Call us out on 1800 420 000.