Aug. 7, 2015

Seven simple steps to save water in your home

Think you’re all over your water use? Five years of auditing the water efficiency of local businesses tells me that you’re probably not! I’ve never been to a property that can’t save water and money. And all of these tips on how to save water in a business can certainly be applied to your home. 

  1. Fix that dripping tap or leaking toilet. A dripping tap uses 20litres of water every day. That’s over 7000 litres of water per year – or the equivalent of an entire water tank! 

  2. Leaking toilets use even more. A leaking toilet can be losing a litre every minute. That’s 1440 litres of water every day. It doesn’t look like much when it’s running down the back of the toilet – but it is! 

  3. Everyone loves a long hot shower. But if you want to save a dollar on you’re your electricity or gas bill as well as your water bill, consider shaving just a litre per minute of your shower flow-rate. You can do this by inserting a small plastic flow-restrictor disc between into your existing shower head. Measure the flow rate of your shower with a bucket and a stop-watch, and calculate how many litres every minute that your shower is using. If it’s over 9 litres per minute, then your wasting water. Get in touch and we can post you a restrictor for your shower! 

  4. Do your taps gush when you turn them on? If you’re blasting your toothpaste away and wetting the bathroom floor every time you turn your taps on – then your taps are wasting water! Consider turning the water down. Follow the pipes that feed your basin taps to the wall. Is there a tap? Then turn them down. If you are using a mixer-tap, then aim to turn the cold and hot water taps down to equal flow rates, and make sure you test the water temperature to ensure you aren’t letting too much scalding hot water through when you turn the tap on. 

  5. Want to go a step further? Consider hooking up a water tank and plumbing it into your toilet. You’ll save lots of water and there’s a range of streamlined tanks for even the smallest of properties! 

  6. Gardening? Use heaps of mulch to retain water in the soil – it means you can often skip a day or two between watering, and the mulch will also help to provide nutrients to your garden. 

  7. And finally, check those water bills! If your water use is going up and you can’t explain why, a good method to test for a leak that you can’t see (for example, a burst underground pipe) is to record your water meters numbers before you go to bed, and before have your first shower in the morning. If the numbers have moved whilst you haven’t used any water – then call in a plumber to find that leak!

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