With the rising cost of utilities on top of a mortgage payment the last thing anybody needs is a huge water bill. On top of this, saving water and changing our habits around water usage are absolutely essential to protecting our environment and ensuring that with a growing population, there will still be enough water for everyone.
1. Shower for less time
The average shower uses between 9 and 20 litres of water per minute. If you can shave 2 minutes off your normal shower you will save between 18–40 litres PER SHOWER which if you shower once per day is between 6570–14600 litres!! A simple timer will remind you if you are taking too long.
2. Use your rain water
If you live in a new home or have had a large renovation done within the last 10 years you will most probably have a rain water tank, however, I have found time and time again that no one is using the water! Rainwater is great for irrigation and filling up toilets + if you keep the filters clean you can easily use it for way more inside the house, saving you literally THOUSANDS of litres every year. Collect the water from your gutters, stop it from entering the harbour and use it around the home.
3. Check your house for leaks
Dripping taps, toilets and pipes can also use thousands of litres of water. Look for leaking coming from any taps or under the sink where the pipes are. To see if your toilet is leaking, drop food dye into the cistern (or water tank) of the toilet and see if it flows through to the toilet.
4. Limit toilet flushes
If its yellow, let it mellow! On older toilets this can save you up to 20 litres per flush which is a massive saving (If you save 1 flush a day you will save a massive 7300 litres a year!). Also cut back on flushing down hair and other waste products that can be put in the bin.
5. Replace the hose with the broom
Although water is so effective in getting rid of the dirt on your porch or driveway, a simple broom can also do the trick. Hoses on average use about 20 litres per minute and a broom with a little bit of elbow grease is free.
Saving water at home can be as simple as just changing a few habits but the impact is felt not only by the environment, but also your bank account. Think about the simple things you can do to cut down on your usage!