Did you know that we Australians are one of the highest consumers of water in the world? On average, we consume about 340 litres per day, per person and 900 litres per household, per day. Are you aware of the many ways that you can save water and be more environmentally healthy in your home? If not, don’t worry, we’ve got a ton of tips for you:
In the kitchen
- Don’t leave the water running while rinsing dishes – scrape off as much scraps and residue off before washing them
- Run your dishwasher only when it is full and use the eco setting
- Don’t use running water to thaw frozen food – leave it out to defrost in room temperature or in the fridge
- Don’t use a large pot to boil/steam food – use the right sized pot for the amount of food you are cooking to prevent using more water than needed
- Don’t pour oil or harsh chemicals down your drains, as they can cause pipe breaks or clogs
In the bathroom
- Reuse your bathroom water (such as shower or bath water) in the garden for plants – keep a bucket in the shower to collect it
- Use natural and grey water safe cleaning products so that water can be re-used safely in the garden
- Connect shower/bath to a rainwater tank
- Install an instant water heater for the shower, to prevent wasting water while waiting for it to heat up
- Try to shorten your showers to 3-10 minutes
- Turn off the water when shampooing your hair and washing your body
- Opt for showers rather than baths
- Only flush when necessary and try to always use the half-flush
- Check and repair any leaks in your home from taps and pipes. More water is lost simply through leaks than you think – 1 billion litres of treated water daily!
- Monitor your water meter and water bills and set goals for water usage
- Insulate your hot water pipes – you’ll save more water by cutting down the time it takes for your water to heat up (or, collect excess water in a bucket while heating up water)
- Choose appliances for your home that have a good WELS rating. The higher, the better it is for water conservation.
Do you implement any of these water saving tips?