When it comes to saving water, we’ve all been told to time our showers, improve our water leak detection and invest in a rainwater tank or similar catchment system. While these common ways to save water at home are effective, it can’t hurt to get a few more water-saving strategies under your belt. That’s why this week we’re exploring some more unconventional ways you can save our most precious resource – whether it’s for the environment or simply to cut down on bills.
#1: Review where exactly you waste water
If you want to save as much water as possible, it’s definitely worth sitting down and thinking about the ways you’re currently wasting water – especially the less obvious ones. Some are so ingrained in a habit that you might not even think of them at first, but try to consider all areas of your home (including the backyard).
Some common water-wasting habits include:
- Absentmindedly throwing away the excess water from boiling your pasta
- Disposing of water from dehumidifiers
- Watering leaves instead of the soil
- Not keeping on top of water leak detection
#2: Collect cold shower water
It’s no secret that no one wants to get in the shower while it’s still heating up. And thirty seconds of running water might not seem like a lot, but when it happens daily, it adds up quickly.
The solution to this wasted water is simple: take a bucket into the bathroom with you. Place it in the shower while the water is heating up to prevent it from going down the drain. It can easily be used for the garden, cleaning, or even to wash the car.
#3: Invest in efficient fixtures
There are a number of water-efficient fixtures for your home that you can buy. The following fixtures will help you to cut down on water consumption:
- Dual-flush toilet
- Water-efficient showerhead
- Water-efficient washing machine
- Water saving taps
Not sure if you can afford a new washing machine? The Government offers a range of rebates that assist with saving resources including water and energy. It’s easy to find out what you’re eligible for and gives you even more of a reason to investigate environmentally friendly options.
#4: Wash your pets outside
Washing your pet and watering the lawn are two necessary chores that can use a lot of water. So why not knock them both off at the same time?
Washing your pet outside means that you don’t have to water the lawn afterwards. Here are some tips for washing your dog outside:
- Attach a leash to a nearby tree or pillar if your dog is restless
- Use buckets of water to save on excess
- Use DIY organic shampoo or invest in one that is safe for the garden
#5: Time your gardening
Watering the garden in the afternoon might seem more convenient, but it’s actually a waste of water. Because the sun is out, the water that you use quickly evaporates, leaving your plants thirsty despite having just watered them.
Instead, aim to water your garden early in the morning or after the sun has gone down. Your plants and soil will thrive this way, and you can be sure the water isn’t going to waste.
#6: Keep a catchment pot in the sink
Rather than leaving the tap running while you wash the vegetables, keep a pot in the sink to catch the water that would have otherwise gone down the drain. Again, you can reuse this water in a multitude of ways – particularly for the garden.
#7: Be water-smart in summer
In summer, there’s nothing better than a cold glass of water. Unfortunately, the typical dilemma exists: water runs warm before it runs cold. Often, you’ll find yourself waiting at the sink until the tap is cold enough to drink.
Instead, keep a jug of water in the fridge. This way, you won’t be wasting water every time you’d like a cold glass.
#8: Get an audit of your home
One of the biggest wastes of water is a lack of water leak detection. A leaking tap can waste up to 20,000L of water a year, so it’s important to keep on top of dripping taps. Outdoor taps are often overlooked, so ensure you check those too. If you aren’t sure how to conduct water leak detection on your own, your best bet is to contact an experienced plumber.
JPG Plumbing can conduct an audit of your home. We can analyse your water efficiency and usage in order to give you the best water-saving options, and we are experts in water leak detection. We’re all about saving water while cutting down your overall bills. Don’t hesitate to find out more by calling us on 0400 978 442 today.