The best part about saving water is that not it’s only an awesome, super kind thing to do for mother nature – but it can also save you money when the time comes to pay your rates.
Here’s 20 simple things you can do around the home to conserve the old H2O and save yourself some coin.
1. If you’re in a close, loving relationship with your dishwasher – make some smarter choices with how you use it. Don’t turn it on until it’s completely full and when the time comes to buy a new one, pick one with a high water efficiency rating.
2. If you wash dishes in the sink – just use a tiny squeeze of detergent. You’ll have less suds on your hands which means you won’t need to do an extra rinse.
3. Don’t wash dishes under a running tap. It’s silly.
4. Don’t use running water to defrost frozen food. I’m fairly sure this is highly unhygienic and it takes heaps of water. Just stick your frozen stuff in the fridge to defrost overnight or use your old buddy, the microwave.
5. Replace the washer on dripping taps. A new one literally costs about $4 for a pack of two. If you don’t know how to do it, ask a neighbour. 1 in 4 people know how to do it*. *Not a real statistic.
6. While you’re waiting for the water to get hot in your kitchen sink, catch the excess water in a jug, then use that to water your plants. Hey presto!
7. Before you buy any new fixtures for your bathroom, check the water efficiency rating. It’s amazing how much of a difference there is between products with different ratings. An old shower head uses about 20 litres per minute, but a 3 star rating one used about 9 litres per minute. Food for thought, eh?
8. Take shorter showers. I know it’s hard , but just do it. I dare you.
9. Shower with a friend.
10. Keep a little bucket handy for when you’re going to shave your legs, back, eyeballs, whatever. Just catch some water while you’re showering, then do the shaving once you’ve turned off the water.
11. If you’re having a bath, use only the amount of water that you’re going to need. Kids and puppies need less water. Then grab that bucket when you’re done and go and water the plants outside .
12. Don’t ever brush your teeth with the water running. I can’t believe people still do this. It’s so 80’s, and not in a good way. Helllloooo! The 80’s called and they want their teeth-brushing technique back!
13. If it’s yellow, let it mellow… and so on and so forth. I don’t recommend enforcing this one when you’ve got people over though.
14. Front-loader washing machines are heaps more efficient than top-loaders. They’re more annoying in every way possible, but you’ll get used to it eventually.
15. Only wash when you’ve got a full load and make sure the water level is the right one for your gear. Same as the dishwasher rule.
16. If you can, use greywater pipes. An easy way to do this is to just hook a pipe up to your washing machine and let the water flow either to a tank outside, or into your plugged up sink in the laundry. You can then use that water in the garden.
17. Don’t hose the driveway. Seriously, it’s so weird that people want to do that. Get a broom and sweep it if you have to. You’re only going to get that thing dirty again in about an hour anyway.
18. Wash your car on the lawn, and use a bucket. You’ll use a lot less water if you have to keep filling it up. If this sounds like too much effort, kids love washing cars, so you could make some do it for you for cheap.
19. Get a cover for your pool or spa! These are great for a couple of reasons – firstly, you won’t need to keep topping up the water levels, and secondly, you will hardly ever have to rake the leaves out. There will be no leaves!
20. Talk to a pool guy about what sort of filters and pumps you can use that will save you water. There are heaps out there.
Do you have any other suggestions on how to save water, while saving some money too?
by Gemma Maddock