Australia has been experiencing drought conditions for many years, leaving dams at low levels. Even in areas that haven’t been hit hard by the drought, water utility companies have imposed restrictions on water usage, like garden watering hours, for example, in an effort to conserve this precious resource. These restrictions are helpful in encouraging homeowners to conserve water, but you can take your efforts even further. Here’s how you can do your part to save water throughout your home.
In the Bathroom
In most homes, the bathroom is where people use the most water, so this is a prime area for your conservation efforts.
Shorten Your Showers
The shower is the biggest water consumer in your home. Do your best to keep your showers as brief as possible. Water-saving shower heads can also help by reducing the amount of water that flows through, but shortening the length of time you spend in the shower will have the biggest impact. You can also use a bucket to collect the cold water at the beginning of your shower while you wait for the water to warm up. This way, you can reuse it in your garden later on.
Rather than shaving in the shower and letting all of that precious water run down the drain, shave after your shower instead. The steam from the shower will still soften the hair and your skin, but you won’t be wasting water as you shave. Fill up your sink with water so that you can use it to rinse your blade after each stroke. When you have finished shaving, all you’ll need is a quick rinse of your skin to remove any loose hair or leftover shaving cream.
Turn Off the Tap
If you have fallen into the habit of letting the water run while you brush your teeth, now is the time to stop. After wetting your toothbrush, turn off the water as you brush. Then, turn it back on when you need to rinse. This simple tip can save several litres of water with every brush!
In the Kitchen
When you use your kitchen frequently, you’ll go through a lot of water in washing your dishes, whether manually or in the dishwasher. Here’s how to save water in this area.
When using your dishwasher, make sure that it is fully loaded before you run it. The dishwasher will use the same amount of water with one dish inside as it will with 20, so it is far more efficient to wait until it is full before pressing Start. Most modern dishwashers are designed to use minimal water to get your dishes clean, so using the dishwasher is typically better than washing by hand. Plus, it saves you time and hassle!
For dishes that can’t go in the dishwasher or if you don’t have one, you’ll need to use your sink. If you have dual sinks, fill one with soapy water and the other with clean water. This way, you can wash and rinse without having to run the water constantly. If you only have one sink, fill it with soapy water to wash, then drain and refill with clean water to rinse.
In the Garden
A well-maintained garden makes your home look great and adds to its value, but how you go about maintaining that garden can have a big impact on your water usage.
Many water utility providers have instituted restrictions on watering hours, but even if yours hasn’t, it is still good practice. The hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. are the hottest of the day, so it is best to water your garden outside of these hours. This will prevent the water from evaporating as much as possible so that it actually gets down to your plants’ roots, not back up into the air. Applying mulch around the base of your plants can help to prevent evaporation as well.
Ditch Your Lawn
While lush, green lawns may look great, they are incredibly difficult to maintain, especially during a drought. Instead of using litres and litres of water each day to keep it healthy, consider switching to drought-tolerant landscaping. Native Australian plants are much hardier than grass, so they’ll survive better with minimal watering. Many of them are remarkably beautiful as well, so you may not even miss your lawn. You definitely won’t miss the mowing!
Other Water-Saving Tips
There are many other areas in which you can save water as well. For starters, don’t use a hose to clean your footpaths and driveway. Instead, simply sweep to remove any loose debris. The same goes for your patio, veranda or deck.
When you need to wash your car, fill up a bucket with soapy water, and use this water to scrub off any dirt. You can then refill the bucket with clean water to rinse. This will save a lot of water over using a hose to rinse. Many water companies require you to use the bucket method, but even if yours doesn’t, you should still wash your car this way to save water.
Check Your Plumbing
If, after all your water-saving efforts, you still aren’t seeing a reduction in your water usage, there may be an issue in your plumbing system. You may have a leak in a location that you can’t readily see, and you’ll need an experienced plumber to locate it for you.
Here at Fluid Plumbing Services, our expert technicians use state-of-the-art technology to pinpoint any problems within your pipes. We can then repair or replace damaged pipes as needed. Before we get started, we’ll always provide you with a free price quote so that you can make an informed decision about using our services. We welcome you to get in touch with us today to schedule your first appointment with our plumbing team. Reach out to us today to learn more and get started!