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Making simple changes to your water use behaviour can save lots of water. If we all reduced the amount of water we use by even a small amount, we could make a huge difference to our total consumption. Here are just a few practical tips to help you save water in and around your home. Give us a call on 1300 G P PLUMBING for more information on how we can help you save water in your home.
The average 2,000 litre capacity rainwater tank can save up to 26,000 litres of water each year. These water savings could be significantly increased (up to 59,000 litres) if the tank is plumbed in for internal uses such as clothes washing or toilet flushing.
Use your washing machine only when you have a full load. Reducing your washing by just one load a week will save around 120 litres of water.
Replace a standard single flush toilet with a dual flush system and you could save up to 90 litres a day.
Leaks can be extremely wasteful and costly. Save up to 30 litres a day by getting a plumber to repair leaks in and around your home.
Showers and baths account for 25% of all water used in an average home. Limiting your showers to 2 minutes or less will save around 24 litres of water each day. Don’t waste water while you wait for the hot tap to warm up. Keep a bucket handy to catch the water and use it on indoor plants or in the garden.
Simply wet your toothbrush before you begin and use a glass of water to rinse your mouth. A running tap can use about 8 litres of water per minute. If you regularly keep the tap running while cleaning your teeth you could use up to 11,500 litres per year.
When buying a new washing machine choose the highest WELS rating possible. A WELS rated 4 star model uses up to 41% less water than a conventional washing machine. Generally front loaders are more water efficient than top loaders. Over one year, front loaders use around 3,000 litres less than top loaders.
When buying a new dishwasher, choose at least a WELS rated 4.5 star model, which uses as little as 15 litres per wash, compared to older models which use around 20 litres per wash.
The lever action mixes hot and cold water and allows you to find the right water temperature quickly, so you won’t waste water. For a bathroom tap look for a minimum WELS star rating of 6. When looking for a kitchen or laundry tap, a minimum WELS star rating of 4 is considered water efficient.
A flow regulator can help reduce water use by up to 50% by allowing water to flow at set rates, whilst also providing softer water with less splashing. High water pressure increases flow rates from showers and taps. To help you save water our licensed plumbers can fit a pressure reduction valve at your property boundary.
Insulating hot water pipes can save water and power by retaining water heat and reducing the need to flush out cold water from hot water taps.
When planning a house, locate the hot water system and bathrooms, ensuites, laundry and kitchen as close to each other as possible. This reduces initial plumbing costs and saves water and energy by reducing the flushing of cold water from hot water taps.