Five Ways to Save Water at Home
As Western Australia experiences the effects of our drying climate, it is very important to develop ways in which we can conserve our precious water supply. As a plumbing business in Perth, we understand the importance of saving water in the home, especially as summer approaches and water restrictions begin to apply. Here are five ways you can save water at home.
Make it Rain!
Almost 100% of piped-in water in Western Australian homes is used for things like bathing, washing clothes, cleaning, watering your garden and washing the car. Only a very small portion of this is actually used for drinking and cooking! Installing a rainwater tank will greatly reduce your dependence on piped-in water, which is not only good for the environment, but will also save you money on water rates.
Over 20% of household water is used in the shower alone! To try and conserve water in the bathroom, begin timing your showers to ensure that they aren’t too long. A four-minute shower is ideal, and even reducing your normal shower time by two minutes will make a huge difference!. Also consider installing a water efficient shower head, which can reduce water usage by 25%.
Brush, Don’t Flush
A very simple way to save water is to make sure that you turn the tap off when you are brushing your teeth. An amazing amount of water is wasted this way but luckily, 80% of Australians do turn off their bathroom faucet when they are brushing their teeth. Do you?
A leaky toilet can use up to 9000 litres of water per year! Make sure that you check whether your toilet is leaking and while you’re at it, check any other faucets in and around your home. If you have a leaky toilet in Perth, please contact us!
Quashing Inefficient Washing
A great way to save water in your home is to make sure that you use a water efficient washing machine. An older washing machine can use up to double the amount of water as a newer model, so consider upgrading; it will be worthwhile! Also, make sure that you wait to have a full load of washing before you put it through!