How water efficient is your home?

We use water every day and by using water wisely, we can significantly reduce the amount of water consume.

In many parts of Australia, water is limited during certain times of the year so it is important to minimise our water usage where we can to ease the pressure on this precious resource. As well as being conscious that the benefits of reducing water consumption can have on the environment, by using more water-efficient appliances, fittings and fixtures – Australians could save more than $1 billion on water by 2021.

So how do you make your home more water efficient?

Energy efficient fixtures and fittings Making sure your fixtures and fittings such as taps and showerheads are water efficient is a great place to start in lowering your water consumption and these simple changes can make a significant difference. For example, an energy efficient showerhead uses a third of the amount of water compared to an inefficient one! Check the WELS star rating of the showerheads you purchase to ensure they’re water efficient. Shower timersStep one in making your shower more water efficient is installing a water efficient showerhead, but next is monitoring how long you actually spend in the shower. When you’re still waking up in the morning or after a hard days work it’s easy to lose track of time in the shower, so consider using a shower timer so that your 5 minute shower doesn’t turn into 25 minutes! Water efficient appliancesGenerally the appliances that use the most water in a home are the toilet, shower, washing machine and dishwasher.  By ensuring these appliances are water efficient you can save a lot of excess water and money. Always look for appliances with a high WELS star-rating label. Fix any leaks If your taps are constantly dripping or your toilet is leaking or running constantly; you need to address these leaks immediately! A barely visible leak from a toilet can waste more than 4,000l of water a year, and a dripping tap can waste more than 96,000l.

Consciously make an effort to not waste water

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If you would like some advice on making your home more water efficient, or help installing new appliances, fixtures or fittings, contact Affordable Plumber.    References: https://www.choice.com.au/home-improvement/water/saving-water/articles/water-saving-home-guide http://yourenergysavings.gov.au/water/water-home-garden/water-efficiency-home/use-water-efficiently http://yourenergysavings.gov.au/information/water-efficiency-home