20 Tips to Save Water

15-Dec-2014

We have put together some useful water saving tips to help you reduce your water usage and save you money.

The following tips and water usage information have been sourced from the book, ‘365 Water Saving Tips’,published by Hinkler Books Pty Ltd, Heatherton Victoria.

In the Kitchen

Did you know:

  • 5-15% of a household’s water usage is in the kitchen?
  • A dishwasher uses 20-50 litres of water per cycle?
  • Washing dishes by hand uses about 18 litres of water?
  • A kitchen sink, when completely full, holds approx 24 litres of water?

Don’t let the tap run while you wait for it to warm up or cool down, without first placing the plug in the sink to collect the water. Alternatively, you could fill a container with the running water as it warms up, which can then be poured onto the garden or into pot plants.

Try reducing the amount you fill your sink by half, just enough to cover your dishes when washing them.

Save all your dishes until the evening and wash them all in one go.

Start by washing the least dirty dishes first, leaving the dirtiest till last.

In the Bathroom

Did you know:

  • Approx 14- 25% of a household’s water usage is in the bathroom?
  • Washing your hands can use up to 5 Litres of water each time?
  • The basin tap can release 15 Litres of water a minute?

Don’t leave the tap running while brushing your teeth, or having a shave.

When waiting for the shower to warm up, place a bucket in the shower to catch the water for use in the garden.

Take shorter showers and consider purchasing an egg timer to help you adjust your showering routine to 3-4 minutes.

If your shower is over the bath, allow showers to be taken first with the plug in, followed by a bath for anyone that prefers a bath over a shower.

In the Toilet

Did you know:

  • Approx 20% of a household’s water usage is in the toilet?

Consider not flushing the toilet every time it is used (“if it’s yellow let it mellow; if it’s brown flush it down”)

In the Laundry

Did you know:

  • Approx 15-35% of a household’s water usage occurs in the laundry?
  • A top loading washing machine uses 170-265 litres per wash whereas a front-loading washing machine only uses about 100 litres per wash?

If your clothes aren’t very dirty, only use the shortest wash cycle on your washing machine.

Pre-treating stains before washing will reduce the chance of the need for re-washing.

Instead of using the delicate cycle on a washing machine, consider hand washing these items.

Older washing machines use enough water per cycle to fill a bath!

Around the House

Did you know:

  • Washing the car with the hose can use 50-300 litres per wash?
  • Evaporation from an uncovered pool can equal the entire volume of the pool over the course of a year?

Ensure all internal and external taps are turned off tightly. Don’t force them too tight however as this can damage the washer, causing more leakage.

Don’t buy children toys that require a steady flow and use of water. Not only do these items require water, but sometimes children tend to leave taps running while using them.

In the Garden

Did you know:

  • Up to 35% of household water usage can occur in the garden (without water restrictions in place)?

Use the following tips in line with any current watering restrictions.

Don’t assume your garden needs watering. Check the soil around plants first to see if it is dry before watering.

A good soaking once or twice a week is better than watering every day.

Don’t allow more than a centimetre of water to accumulate on the ground. This excess water can easily run off and be wasted.

If your garden is on a slope, just water for short periods so that excess water doesn’t escape and wash away.

Check your weather forecast regularly to see if good rain is expected soon before you start watering.