How to Save Water and be Rainwise
Simple Tips to show you how to Save Water – Outside
- Try to keep the water level of your pool halfway up the skimmer opening. Overfilling the pool stops the skimmer working efficiently and wastes water
- A pool cover is an easy way to reduce evaporation and the need to regularly top up your pool’s water level. Without a cover, more than half the water in your pool can evaporate over a year
- Install a rainwater tank combined with a TankFlush system to provide backup mains water in the event of no rainwater
- Use a grey water system to recycle water from the washing machine for use in your garden
- By whatever means, watering your garden in the evening reduces loss through evaporation
- Choosing local native varieties and other water wise plants attracts wildlife and means less maintenance and watering.
Simple Tips to show you how to Save Water – Inside
- Check for leaks in taps, pipes, dishwasher hose etc. One leaking tap can waste more than 2,000 litres a month!
- 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 40 litres of water per load. By using a dishwasher with at least a 3 star / AAA rating, you can get this figure down to 18 litres per load. Also, it’s best 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
- Install water efficient taps or tap aerators in kitchens and bathrooms
- Washing fruit and vegies in a half-filled sink instead of under running water is a great way to cut back on water wastage
- 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
- 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 a 3 star / AAA rated showerhead can give you a great shower and save you around 10 litres of water a minute
- They also save energy costs, as you’ll use less hot water.