About 71 per cent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5 per cent of all Earth’s water, and it is a privilege we often take for granted.
According to Nature Conservancy Australia, Australia is the world’s driest inhabited continent, but given this shortage of water, Australians are among the highest per capita water consumers in the world. With climate change making rainfall less predictable and, in many cases, much lower than long-term averages, saving freshwater where we can have never been more critical.
As a trusted Melbourne Plumber, we know that water use in most households reaches its peak. To help you conserve water wisely, here are our ten tips on how you can reduce water consumption and save money on water bills.
Turn Off Faucets. Start saving by breaking a bad habit: Never let faucet water run as you wash or rinse dishes, wash your hands or face, brush your teeth or shave needlessly. Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth and cut, and you can save hundreds of gallons a month.
Fix Those Leaky Taps. Leaks near your pipes connected to the main water supply can lower your water pressure and end up losing a significant amount of water – resulting in high water bills. Even a slowly dripping tap can waste up to 20,000 litres a year — water you pay for but never use. Leak repair for faulty faucets, toilets and pipes cost almost nothing compared to the damage it might cause, and the money you spend on the water you never actually use.
Use Every Drop. Learn to repurpose water. One easy way is to capture under your colander the potable water you use to rinse fruits and veggies and deposit it in the garden. Do the same while you wait for your hot water to come in.
Only use your dishwasher and washing machine with full loads to optimise water usage or change the settings to suit the load.
For older toilets with no water-saving features (like a dual flush), try taking up some of the space in your cistern by inserting a brick or some pebbles. This method will reduce the amount of water used for each flush.
In the garden
Water by Hand. Households that manually use hose water usually use 33 per cent less outdoor pool than those using an automated irrigation system. So, try to consider watering by hand if you have a small garden area.
Plant A ‘Water-Wise’ Garden Using Plants with Low Water Requirements. And what better range to choose from than our native plants, which come in a bewildering variety to keep any gardener happy.
Get Smart About Irrigation. And speaking of watering the garden, residential landscape irrigation has come a long way. Consider investing in weather-based irrigation controllers that adjust to real weather conditions and provide water only when needed.
Capture Rainwater. Find ways to save and store rainwater for garden use. It is one easy way to use a 1,000-litre drum like this, which captures roof water from gutters and downspouts. Remember to cover your barrels to keep the mosquitoes at bay.
Cover-Up. Pool covers can be a pool owner’s best friend. Not only does a cover retain a heated pool’s temperature, but it reduces evaporation.
At Your Pro Plumber, we provide quality services around Melbourne with our team of licensed and highly skilled plumbers. We provide these services efficiently and effectively using our state-of-the-art equipment and dedication. Our team are genuinely passionate about helping our customers with any plumbing concerns they face. Call us now at 1300 100 977.