When the temperature starts to rise, our utility bills, especially electricity and water, also increase.
We may not be able to eliminate the sting of the summer sun, but we can alleviate the sting of our hip pouch by decreasing consumption. Here are some practical ways to reduce water use and waste around the home.
There are some easy ways to reduce the use of water in the bathroom. When taking a shower, turn off your showering thoughts and turn on your Spotify.
According to Water Corporation, a shower should only last four minutes.
To help you keep track, they have created a Spotify playlist with songs that are around four minutes long so that you get notified when your cleaning time is up.
Karen Willis, Managing Director of Customers and Community for Water Corporation, said switching to a water-efficient showerhead could significantly reduce water use.
“By installing a water efficient shower head, your household can save up to 20,000 liters of water per year,” she said.
Ms Willis said there was always a way to use excess water to make sure it wasn’t wasted.
“Don’t watch the shower or the tap water run down the drain while you wait for it to heat up – collect the cold water in a bucket and use it to water your plants,” she said. . “You could catch up to 10 L for every minute you’re not in the shower. “
Water saving in the toilet can be achieved by installing a dual flush system, which can save up to 80L of water per day.
“There are many ways to save water and your toilet is a great place to start,” Ms. Willis said.
A toilet leak can waste 9000L of water per year if it is not repaired. One trick recommended by Water Corporation for detecting a toilet leak was to put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and leave it for half an hour. If the color is starting to show in the toilet bowl, this is a clear sign that you have a leak and need to fix it.
When flushing the toilet, remember to stick to the three Ps: pee, poo, and (toilet) paper. All other items should be placed in the bin. Throwing these products down the toilet not only puts additional strain on the sanitation system, it wastes precious water as well.
From cooking, cleaning, washing and drinking, there are many ways to make your kitchen the most water efficient room in the house.
“Believe it or not, dishwashers are so efficient today that they use less water than washing your dishes by hand,” Ms. Willis said.
While it seems like the right thing to do is pre-rinse those really dirty dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, that’s a definite no when it comes to saving water.
In fact, the detergent needs the food particles to attach to them for the dishwasher to operate efficiently. And of course, only turn on the dishwasher when it’s full.
Washing machines use a lot of water, but with a few simple changes you can reduce the amount of water you use.
Making sure the washing machine is full before turning it on is a simple rule of thumb to follow, which also cuts down on the amount of wash loads done throughout the week.
“Reducing your laundry to just one load per week will save you up to 120 liters,” Ms. Willis said.
Make sure you buy products with labeling and water efficiency standards of four or more stars for water efficiency.
Search “waterwise home” on the Water Corporation website for more practical tips and tricks to reduce water use not only inside the home but also in the garden.
“With our changing climate, we need to rethink our use of water outdoors and make small changes to ensure that our lawns and gardens are as water efficient as possible,” Ms. Willis said.