It is easy to start saving water around the house. Check out our water saving tips to be smarter with your water.

In the bathroom

1. Take shorter showers 

Aim to take four minute showers. By shaving just a minute off your daily shower could save up to 18 litres of water. More than five minutes in the shower could be using more water than you'd need for a bath. 

2. Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth

Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth is a simple act that will save litres of water. Taps use around 6 litres of water a minute, so leaving the tap running for just 2 minutes a day adds up to 168 litres a fortnight - enough to fill 3 rubbish bags!

3. Check your toilet for leaks

A leaking toilet may not be obvious, but it can waste thousands of litres. A slow drip could waste around 28 litres of water everyday. Put a few drops of food colouring in the cistern. If the colouring appears in the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak (you may need to wait an hour or two for the food colouring to leak into the bowl). If you’re in any doubt, call a plumber!

4. Save water with single-flush toilets 

If you have a single flush toilet, consider installing a gizmo. A gizmo is a simple weight that hangs inside the cistern tube and stops the toilet from flushing when you take your finger off the button so you control how long each flush lasts. You can usually find these at your local hardware store.

5. Time for a new toilet? Install a dual-flush

If you're renovating your bathroom, install a dual-flush system. This allows you to use only as much water as needed. A dual-flush control device will save significant amounts of water on most types of toilet cistern.

6. Recycle bath water on the garden 

Recycle your bath or shower water by using it on your garden - but only on plants that are not going to be eaten (i.e don't put greywater on your vegetable garden). Make sure you use your greywater immediately and don't store it. Storing greywater can create disease causing organisms to increase, especially during hot weather.

7. Install a shower flow-saver

Modern showerheads use 12-18 litres of water per minute. 9 litres per minute is plenty for a comfortable shower. Major hardware or plumbing shops stock flow-saver discs, which are easy to install and cost only a few dollars, to reduce the flow of water and reduce your heating bill.

 

In the kitchen

1. Use full loads in the dishwasher and don't pre-rinse dishes.

Save water by only washing full loads in the dishwasher and skip the pre-rinse - scrape off food into the compost/bin instead. Most modern dishwashers should be able to clean your dishes without pre-rinsing. If you are handwashing dishes, fill your sink rather than washing under a running tap.

2. Don't leave taps running

It can be easy to leave the tap running while juggling many kitchen tasks. The average tap can use 12 litres of water per minute. To save water simply fill up your sink, and reuse the water for multiple kitchen tasks.

 

In the laundry

1. Wash full loads of laundry

A washing machine can use more than 120 litres of water per load! Save up your laundry by only washing one full load rather than many smaller loads.

2. Wash only dirty clothes

Just because you've worn something once doesn't mean it needs to be washed. If there are no visible signs of stains and it passes the sniff test, you can either air out the item on a coat hanger, or put it back in the drawer to use for another day (but maybe think twice about doing this with underwear and socks!).

 

Around the home

1. Check for leaks

Leaks can spring anywhere, but they are most common on older taps with washers (including outdoor taps) and older toilet cisterns. A single leaking cistern can increase an average household’s consumption by more than 60% while it is allowed to run. Enough to fill an average domestic pool three times over in a year. 

 2. Install aerators to your taps

Tap aerators reduce the amount of flow that comes out of the tap without compromising its rinsing/washing effectiveness. They look like a small metal screen disk that attaches to the tip of the tap spout and are fitted to most modern taps. Installing them on older taps is as easy as unscrewing the spout tip and screwing on the replacement aerator tip – you just need to make sure you get the right size aerator to match your tap.

3. Choose fixtures and appliances with high WELS star ratings

The more WELS blue stars there are on the label, the more water-efficient an appliance, shower, toilet or tap is. There can be large differences in water use between products. For example, a water-efficient clothes washer can save around 80 litres of water per day – or eight full buckets – for an average household. A highly water-efficient toilet cistern and pan combination can save about 100 litres per day for an average household replacing a 12-litre single-flush toilet.

 

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