Water Saving Tips07-Jul-2010
1. Install a rainwater harvesting system or a water tank in your house or garden and connect it to your garden water butt, washing machine and toilets.
2. Take shorter showers and install a water efficient shower head. By halving your shower time you can save 8% of your water. A shower uses 10-20 litres of water per minute.
3. Installing a dual-flush toilet can help you save 50% of water on each flush. A cheaper option is to place a bottle of water or a brick in the toilet cistern to use less water. Dispose of tissues, insects and other similar waste in the bin rather then the toilet. This avoids unnecessary flushing.
4. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. A running tap uses 6 litres of water per minute. Simply wet your toothbrush before you begin and use a glass of water to rinse your mouth.
5. When purchasing a washing machine, dishwasher or other plumbing products make sure they have a high energy efficiency rate.
6. Use mulch to prevent water loss in the soil. Mulch also helps control weeds which compete with plants and shrubs for water. If you see a weed pick it out straight away.
7. Make sure your washing machine and dishwasher as full and use an economy setting. Washing machines can use about 120 litres per load.
8. Keep a jug of water in the fridge so that if you need a cool glass of water you don't need to run the water down the sink until it's cool enough to drink.
9. Replace washers on dripping taps. If your tap is dripping at the rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 12,274 litres per year which will add to the cost of your water bill or strain your septic system.
10. Before putting water down the drain always consider if it has an alternative use such as watering plants or shrubs, or cleaning.