World Water Day is just around the corner (22 March). With many regions in Australia experiencing droughts in recent times, it is now more important than ever before for each of us to do our best to conserve water. Contrary to popular beliefs, conserving water is not a mammoth undertaking. There are easy ways to save water on a daily basis around your house. Think of it this way, every drop you save will add up to a big amount, in the long run, so every little bit helps. Here’s a quick guide from Emergency Plumber Sydney on easy ways to save water around your home.
5 EASY WAYS TO CONSERVE WATER
Buying 4-5 star rated appliances for your home is strongly recommended. They are much more energy efficient and will significantly reduce your water consumption levels. Water conservation doesn’t have to be difficult. By making some lifestyle changes and being more aware of your surroundings and how you interact with it, you can make a huge difference in the way you use and consume water.
1. WATER YOUR PLANTS IN THE MORNING
The best time to water your garden is in the morning. Not only will this allow the water to seep into the soil better, but it will also give the plants plenty of time to absorb the water and use it for their growth. Watering the plants in the afternoon is wasteful as most of the water will quickly evaporate under the harsh noon sun. So, if you want a lush garden but don’t want to waste water, get in the habit of watering your plants early in the morning.
2. INVEST IN RAINWATER HARVESTING
Rainwater Harvesting is a great way to conserve water. It doesn’t have to be a big investment. Simply by installing water butts and a rainwater tank, you can store and efficiently use rainwater for gardening and other purposes.
3. TRY TO WASH ONLY ONE LOAD OF CLOTHES A WEEK
By cutting down your washing machine usage to one load a week, you will end up saving around 50 litres of water. So, if you’re in the habit of washing your clothes every few days, try to wait till you have enough clothes for a full load. Not only will you save water, but you will also reduce your energy costs in the process!
4. CLOSE THE TAP WHEN YOU BRUSH YOUR TEETH
Are you guilty of leaving the tap running while you brush your teeth? Starting now, make a pledge to turn off the tap while you brush your teeth. Once you wet the brush, turn off the tap and brush your teeth. You can turn it back on when it’s time to rinse.
The same applies to wash your hands as well. You don’t have to have the tap running while you lather soap and scrub your hands.
Another great tip to save water is to regularly check all the taps and pipes in your home to see if there are any leaks. A dripping tap wastes as much as 90 litres of water a month! So, do the right thing and get any leaks fixed ASAP by giving experienced Emergency Leaking Tap Plumbers a call.
5. KEEP A BUCKET UNDER THE TAP OR SHOWER
Don’t waste cold water as you wait for the hot water to come. Whether you’re using the tap or are waiting to get into the shower, instead of letting the cold water go down the drain, keep a bucket under the water flow to catch the cold water. You can later use the cold water to clean the toilet or to water the plants.
Ready to make a change? Get in touch with Emergency Plumbers Sydney and we will audit your water usage & guide you on ways in which you can reduce your water consumption.