According to statistics provided by Riverina Water County Council, in 2016, average daily water consumption per person in Australia is 340 litres. This consists of water used for a variety of different purposes, including taking a drink, cooking and washing clothes and dishes.
Whether it’s pouring a fresh drink produced by an under sink water filter, using the dishwasher or taking a shower, most people could reduce their own water usage each day. Here are some things to think about, if you want to reduce the amount of water you use, and therefore reduce your water bill.
Let the dishwasher do its job
If you have a dishwasher in your home, you do not need to rinse the dishes before you put them in. Doing so is a waste of water. It’s sufficient to simply scrape off any food remnants.
Do not run a half full dishwasher
If you manage the dishes you use carefully, you should be able to fill your dishwasher completely before you use it. Doing so means that usage is reduced, thereby reducing the amount of water you need to run the dishwasher.
Use a low flow shower head
Taking a shower is a fast and effective way of keeping clean. But, you may want to think about using a modern low flow shower head, instead of the one you have now. Older shower heads can use as much as 5.5 gallons per minute (gpm); whereas low flow models use only 2.5 gpm.
Take short showers
If you do take daily showers, it’s not necessary to spend half an hour in there. You only need to wash yourself and rinse yourself down. Spending any more time in the shower simply means that you are using more water than you need to. It’s also interesting to note that showering every day may not actually be good for. It may be worth thinking about reducing the amount of showers you take.
Do not let water leaks go unattended
Did you know that you could be wasting 5 gallons of water each day, simply by not dealing with a dripping tap? This means that you could also be wasting a significant amount of money over time. Any leak or drip, no matter how small, should be dealt with straight away, in order to limit the amount of water that is wasted.
Fill the washing machine before you use it
Much like the dishwasher, the washing machine should only be switched on when you have a full load. Manage your household washing schedule so that this happens. You do not want everyone to wash their own small load when items of clothing can be washed together.
Use water more than once
When you have used a pan of water for cooking vegetables why not use it again? You can use it to water the plants, or for washing. You can also store rainwater in tubs in your garden, to use for watering the plants and shrubs. This can save on the amount of times you need to use sprinklers or a hose pipe.
Think about including any of these tips in your daily routine. Doing so can help you save a significant amount of water, and ensure that you spend less on water bills.