Posted on 21st April 2018
- Checking for leaks in taps, pipes and dishwasher hoses is an easy way to reduce water wastage.
- Remember, one leaking tap can waste more than 2,000L a month.
- There’s no need to leave the tap running while you brush your teeth. Simply wet your toothbrush before you begin and use a glass of water to rinse your mouth.
- The most water efficient methods for cooking vegetables are microwaving, steaming or using a pressure cooker. You can also cut down on water loss by using tight lids on pots and simmering instead of boiling rapidly.
- Installing water efficient taps or tap aerators is a great, inexpensive way to cut your water usage without you even noticing.
- Put the plug in the sink when washing your hands instead of holding them under running water.
- Thaw frozen foods before you need them or use the microwave instead of placing them under running water.
- Prevent taps from leaking by turning taps off lightly and replace washers as soon as they begin to leak.
- Automatic dishwashers can use up to 40L of water per load. By using a dishwasher with at least a 3 star/AAA rating, you can get this figure down to 18L per load and still get the kind of sparkling clean dishes you’re used to.
- Wait until you have a full load in your dishwasher before using it. This saves water and energy, and reduces the amount of detergent entering the sewerage system.
- Keep a container of water in the fridge so that you won’t need to run the water down the sink until it’s cool enough to drink.
- Washing fruit and vegetables in a half-filled sink instead of under running water is a great way to cut back on water wastage.
- Rinsing your dishes in a plugged sink rather than under a running tap saves water and is just as easy and effective.
- Use a sink strainer.
- Try to use phosphate-free, eco-friendly detergents and cleaning products. There’s a great range to choose from these days and they’re much better for our environment.
- Remember to regularly clean the lint filter on your washing machine.
- Most washing machines have a load adjustment button or dial, so try to set this to match the amount of washing you’re doing. If your machine doesn’t have a load adjustment function, try to wait until you have enough washing for a full load.
- Installing one of the latest 3 star/AAA rating showerheads can give you a great shower and save you around 10L of water a minute. They also save you energy costs, as you’ll use less hot water.
- To rinse your razor, run a little water into a plugged sink. Rinsing your razor under a running tap wastes lots of water.
- Electric or fuel powered leaf blowers work more efficiently than hosing down paths and driveways.
- Pool covers reduce the amount of water you need to keep your pool full and running efficiently.