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May 12

How to Conserve Water at Home

Regardless of whether your home or business is using rainwater catchment tanks or town supply for it’s water needs, water conservation should be a priority to all of us. Here are seven relatively simple and low cost things that you can do today, to drastically reduce your unnecessary water usage.


1  Choose Water Efficient Appliances

Always check the Energy Star Rating on your water-using appliances.  An efficient washing machine for example might use only 51 liters of water per wash while a similar but inefficient model could be using over 100 liters of water per wash cycle. Even when you are using an efficient dish-washer or washing machine, be conscious of only running appliances at their full capacity (eg only turn on the machines when they have a full load). Try to opt for economy settings whenever possible.

 

2  Conserve with Toilet Flushing

We’re all familiar with the expression “flushing money down the toilet” and perhaps with good reason. Most toilets are unnecessarily wasting valuable water with every flush. Thankfully there are a number of simple things you can do to minimize water wastage in this department.

The first would be to place a space-taking insert into the toilet cistern. These can be purchased online or alternatively even something as simple as a brick sitting inside your cistern will efficiently reduce the amount of water expended with each flush.

A dual flush mechanism is another effective way to have some control over the volume of water you use per water-closet visit. Be alert to toilet leaks or to the cistern running constantly (even if it is just running slightly, this will quickly add up to attention-worthy water loss). If all else fails, abiding by the “if it’s yellow let it mellow” adage is a simple and foolproof way to conserve water with toilet usage.

 

3  Install a Water-Saving Shower Head

According to EPA (The Environmental Protection Agency) an efficient shower head will use 7.5 liters of water per minute compared to a standard shower head which uses 9.5 liters a minute. For the average family this equates to 150 liters of water that you could potentially be saving every day.

A well designed shower head will still maintain the desired water pressure while conserving water. For a step by step guide on changing your own shower head check out Bunnings handy DIY tutorial.

While you’re at, consider attaching a high efficiency faucet aerator to each water tap within your home. These reduce the rate of the water flow from your taps which will again translate to valuable water conservation for your household overall.

 

4  Reuse Grey-water

Consider installing a Grey-water collection system for water to be reused on your garden and lawn. Using a basin or bucket in your shower or to wash you dishes in, are simple ways to capture your used water so that it can be put to further good use.


5  Beware of Thoughtless Water Use

This could be as easy as remembering to turn off the tap while you are brushing your teeth or washing your face. Rather than pouring out a half drunk glass of water you could instead tip it into your dog bowl or into the kettle. These are simple tricks, but it all adds up. The key is to become more aware.


6  Stop Drips

Be alert to dripping taps and leaking pipes and appliances. It sounds like a trivial thing but replacing washers and making small repairs could equate to thousands of liters of water saved every year.

 

7  Use an Efficient Watertank Filter System

If you use a rainwater catchment tank for your water supply it is important to ensure water quality is maintained. Many filtration systems are inefficient and leave water tanks needing to be completely purged and cleaned out yearly to maintain water quality.

Checkout Raincatcher to learn about a patented water filtration system that reduces the need for water-wasting tank cleaning maintenance, while actually improving the quality of your water.

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