Water saving tips

There are many ways to save water, both inside and outside your home. From the below checklist – what have you implemented around your home?

Kitchen

  • Choose a water efficient dishwasher
  • Use hot, boiled water from the kettle to wash your dishes
  • Consider using a washing bucket to clean your dishes – you can then use the left over water on your plants

Bathroom

  • Cut your shower time by using a timer
  • Turn off the shower tap between shampooing and conditioning
  • Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth
  • Install water saving devices such as aerators in your sink taps and water efficient shower heads to help reduce the flow.
  • Cover the ‘full flush’ button on your toilet, so only the half flush can be used, or place a toy hippo (or any floating object) in the back of the toilet to reduce the amount of water displaced

Laundry

  • Choose a water efficient washing machine
  • Always choose the water saving cycle on your washing machine and consider if your clothes need a wash – jeans can typically be worn three times before they require washing
  • Catch you grey water from the washing machine with a bucket and use it on your plants
  • Consider water efficient detergents which help to eliminate the need to rinse clothes as often

Around the whole home

  • Be sure to collect the cold water from the tap in a bucket whilst it warms up
  • Fix dripping taps and remember to check for possible water leaks
  • Install single leaver taps around your home – it will use less water before getting to the right temperature

Garden

  • Set your sprinklers to only water on your allocated days, and before 9am before the midday sun sets in
  • Design a waterwise garden and keep lawn coverage to a minimum
  • Water your plants with recycled water from your home
  • Go without a water feature in your garden
  • Taller grass holds soil moisture better than short grass – so adjust your lawn mower to the highest setting and water less

Pool

  • Always use a pool cover when the pool isn’t in use – it prevents evaporation and the need to top up constantly
  • If you can, choose porous paving around the pool – the water will seep through and back into the soil below
  • Instead of using the sprinklers and home for a backyard water fight, jump in the pool or head to the beach