Did you know the current average daily water usage is around 900 liters per household in Australia? Water is one of the most precious natural resources and a massive household expense for homeowners. Saving water is not only crucial for our reserves, but it is one of the ways you can save money on your monthly water bill and electricity expenditure.
In this article, we’ll have a look at some of the effective ways that can help you save water and money in the home:
Reuse Grey Water
While greywater may sound gross, it is an amazing source of irrigation water in a yard. Make sure to always keep a bucket under your garden taps or gutter drain spouts to collect water that can be reused elsewhere in the house. Moreover, always wash your fruits and veggies in a bowl and you can reuse this water to nurture your plants.
Rely on Your Dishwasher
Dishwashers take a limited quantity of water to clean dishes, so make sure you don’t waste additional water and your energy by rinsing dishes before putting them into a washer. Also, try to develop a habit of washing dishes once or twice a day as it will help you save a lot in terms of electricity and water bills.
Use a Watering Can to Water Your Plants
A hosepipe can consume more than 1000 liters of water an hour which obviously isn’t practical at all. Try to use a watering can to water your plants and garden as it will save lots of water.
Check Drips and Leaks
To save water and money in the home, it’s very important that you regularly check your taps for leakages. A leaking tap can use up to 230 liters of water annually which is huge considering the present-day critical water situation across the globe. You can easily check for leaks by taking a reading of your water meter. Retake reading after some time and make sure nobody has consumed water during that duration. Both the results should be the same. In case there is any leakage in the taps, hosepipe or toilet, make sure to fix it as soon as possible.
A Water-Friendly Garden is a MUST
To save water, it’s crucial that you plant water-saving plants into your garden. In addition to that, always water your plants before 10 A.M. or late afternoon as it will prevent water evaporation.
Avoid Long Showers
Showers can use up to 40 liters of water per minute. To avoid water wastage, try turning off the tap as you lather. A low-flow showerhead could be a great investment too. Don’t forget to switch off the tap when you’re shaving or brushing your teeth as it can save up to 6 liters of water per minute.
Buy Water-Efficient Products
Luckily, there are hundreds of energy-efficient products available out there including dishwashers, inverter washing machines and many other water-saving goods that you can choose to save water and money in your home. Also, these inverter-based products consume less time doing the job than their conventional counterparts.
Keep in mind, the Earth always had a similar amount of water that we have today. Sadly, a huge quantity is frozen or inconsumable that cannot be used for drinking or agricultural purposes. Also, a massive quantity of water has been polluted and there is no way we can get a fresh supply to refill those resources.
Fortunately, Australia is not currently facing a short water supply crisis like other countries worldwide. However, by using less water you can prove yourself as a responsible citizen who cares about the energy-intensive processes that can inhibit water wastage.