Being aware of how much water you use by reading your water meter regularly could save you lots of money if you identify a hidden water leak early.
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Quickly fixing leaking taps, showers and toilets could save you lots of money. These are some very practical ways ways to reduce your water bills through repairs to water wasting leaks in items we all use everyday.
You may be surprised at how much water is used around the house in everyday activities. Old showers can use up to 25 litres of water every minute, whereas water efficient showers use just 9 litres per minute. Some kitchen taps can use 25 litres of water a minute, but water efficient flows are just 8 litres/minute. Reducing the water flow will not only save you money on your water bill, but also your energy bill.
By choosing to purchase water efficient products over water wasting products, you save water from the very first day you start using your new product. There are water saving products to save you money all around your house both
Council offers a number of
incentives, such as rebates or exhanges, for water saving products that are designed to help you save water and reduce your water bill. Some incentives may only be offered for a limited time, so get in early!
Front load washing machines are recommended as a great way to reduce your water consumption and save money on your water bills. On average, an old top loading washing machine will use about 180 litres of water per wash. The average front loading washing machine will use just 80 litres of water per wash, many even less than that. Multiply this saving of 100 litres per wash by the number of loads of washing in your house in a year and this is clearly a big water saving for your house - and your wallet.
It is estimated that a household doing more than 6 loads of washing a week would save up to 31,000 litres of water a year by swapping to a front load washing machine. With improvements in technology, some top load washing machines are now also more water efficient.
If you're not considering upgrading to a new water efficient washing machine, there are still a couple of tips for saving water with your old top load washing machine:
- always wait until you have a full load before using the washing machine; and
- always set the machine for the lowest water level possible for the load you are about to wash.
Rainwater tanks can provide an alternate source of water and therefore save you money off your water bill. You save the most amount of water when the rainwater tank is plumbed to fixtures which use water all the time, such as your washing machine and toilet.
Here are some handy hints on how to save water all year round:
Take a short shower using a low flow shower nozzle
Only use the dishwasher with full loads
Use plugs in the sink
Don't leave taps or hoses running
Keep cold water in the fridge
Use a bucket when washing the car, keeping the hose for the final rinse
Wash your car on the lawn
Don't water the garden in the heat of the day
Place mulch on all garden flower beds and around the base of shrubs and trees
Clean paths with a broom rather than a hose
By following these tips your family can save up to 450 litres of water each day. It's worth it!