Water saving is a fact of life in Australia. Most of the year the weather is hot and dry, and paying attention to how much water goes down the drain is second nature to us. You probably even do the obvious things like taking short showers and turning off the tap when brushing your teeth.
For people who want to go a step further than that, we’ve put together list of simple plumbing changes you can make in your home to reduce your water consumption and save hundreds on your utilities bill.
- Fix any leaking taps, pipes, or toilets. It may seem obvious, but plenty of people will ignore a leaking tap or a dripping pipe for way too long before getting around to fixing it. A leaking tap could be pouring 10,000 litres of water down the drain each year, and a leaking toilet could be wasting six times that amount. Stay on top of leaks by doing routine maintenance and replacing the washers in your taps as soon as they fail.
- Install water saving tap fittings. Aerator fittings are a great way to reduce the amount of water being used for things like washing hands or rinsing vegetables. A good aerator fitting can halve the water consumed simply by restricting flow and mixing in some air.
- Water saving shower heads. More than 30% of all water used in houses goes down the shower drain. If you’re using an older shower head, or one with a high flow rate, that could mean thousands of litres per year is going to waste. Water saving shower heads simply restrict the flow rate. You still get a satisfying shower, but your wallet will thank you.
- Upgrade your toilets. Like most household appliances, toilets have gotten more water efficient over time. A dual-flush toilet is a no-brainer, but you can also find water saving options that consume half as much (or even less, including toilets that use no water at all) as older models.
- Switch to water efficient appliances. Washing machines and dishwashers can be big culprits when it comes to guzzling excessive water. Large washing machines can use hundreds of litres of water on every load. When buying a new appliance, look for the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme sticker that rates the efficiency out of six stars. Choosing appliances rated four stars or better can halve your current consumption.
Making the switch to water efficient appliances and fittings could save tens of thousands of litres of water each year, which would be hundreds of dollars’ worth of savings. If you need some help with updating or maintaining your plumbing, then contact Botanical Plumbing for an appointment and ask about our water efficiency options.