Are you drought aware…how much water is your family using?

Do you know how much water your family is using?

Are you drought aware? The average Australian household uses 900 litres of water a day! Showers, toilets and washing machines are the biggest culprits of water usage in the home – approximately 83%! That is 83% on personal water usage and by taking some simple measures it can be dramatically reduced.

Reducing water usage in the family home

3-minute showers
3-minute showers are more than enough, even when washing your hair! As tempting as it can be to take 20-minute showers at the end of a long hard day, it really is a waste of water.

Save your shower water
Use the cold water collected in a bucket in your shower to water your plants.

Use the dishwasher
It is a misconception that dishwashers use more water than washing by hand. It is in fact the opposite way round! Of course you want to use your dishwasher on full loads, in doing so you use on average 12l of water, compared to 100l when washing by hand.

Use a front loader
Front loaders use 50% less water than top loaders, so if your laundry space allows consider a front loader when its time to purchase a new washing machine.

Only wash clothes on full loads an when necessary
Many of us are in the habit of wearing clothes once and then washing them regardless of how dirty they are. If you air out clothes that aren’t dirty instead of putting them straight in the washing machine, it will save you money, water and time doing chores!

Don’t use your toilet as a bin
Only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet. By not using it as a bin and putting baby wipes, sanitary items and other items that are not meant to be flushed down the toilet, you’ll save yourself water and blocked pipes!

Fix any leaks
Leaks cost Australian homes around 8% of their water bills annually. That is a lot of water and down the drain! Even if you can’t spot any leaks if your home isn’t new it would be worthwhile asking a plumber to perform a plumbing maintenance check on your home. The costs incurred could pay for themselves in the money it saves you in fixing any small leaks or plumbing issues!