Looking for suggestions for reducing how much water your family uses? Here are 8 Easy Tips for Reducing Water Use:
Monitoring your water usage for unusually high activity, for example checking the metre before & after periods of low use – while you are at work or if you are away for a day or two.
Also check for running overflows and fix any obvious dripping taps, cisterns or pipes.
If you think you have a water leak, report it to your water authority straight away.
#2. Keep a jug of water in the fridge
Instead of letting the tap run when waiting for cold water, fill a jug of water and keep it in the fridge. It is 500 times cheaper than bottled water.
#3. Only run your washing machine and dishwasher when they are full
As shown in our infographic, washing machines & dishwashers are two of the largest water users! A washing machine on full cycle uses up to 75 litres of water; dishwashers use 16 litres. You’ll conserve water and save money by reducing your energy bill.
#4. Don’t flush it all away!
A third of all the water used in the house is flushed down the toilet. Some larger toilet cisterns can continue to work effectively with a smaller flush. Place a displacement device such a bottle filled with water into the cistern.
#5. Don’t leave the tap running while brushing your teeth
Turning the tap off can save a massive 7,000 litres of water per year.
#6. Take shorter Showers
A 5 minute Shower will use 35 litres of water in a regular shower, a power shower will use 125 litres in the same amount of time. Shortening shower time is an easy way to conserve water.
#7. Use a bucket of water, not a hose
A hose uses more water in one hour than the average family uses in a day! Always use a bucket and sponge to clean windows or wash your car instead of a hose & use a watering can in the garden.
#8. Use a basin to wash and clean your fruit & vegetables
Instead of letting the tap run, use a basin to rinse/clean your fruit and vegetables. And you can use the leftover water to give your potted plants a drink.
Have you any tips on reducing water use? Share them with us in the comments below.