While we're all home your water bill is likely to be higher than ever.
Here are our best tips for saving water and saving you money.
To conserve your family's use of water, first you need to ask yourself how much water you actually need, versus what you are currently using:
Are you and your family taking super-long showers?
How frequently do you use your washing machine or dishwasher?
Do all of your family members use a full toilet flush every time?
Are there leaks or running water issues around your house?
Changing your water usage habits will help both your wallet and the environment. Excessive use of plumbing fixtures can increase wear and tear, as well as wasting water in the process. Introduce timed showers, wash small amounts of dishes by hand and encourage water-wise behaviours amongst the younger members of your family to ensure water conservation for years.
Plumbing problems and emergencies can be expensive to repair so getting on top of small issues can save you big money in the long run. Checking pipes for possible blockages and cracks, walls for the start of water damage and your mains valve for any damage or excessive usage can ensure you spot any potential problems and arrange a professional to fix it now, before they become bigger, more expensive and inconvenient!
Check your taps, hoses, shower heads and water outlets for leaks
Make sure your toilet isn’t running constantly. A great way to check is to press a small amount of toilet paper to the back of the bowl – if it gets wet, you’re wasting money.
Gradually change shower heads to lower pressure, water-saver models.
Water Wise Home
Water efficient taps and shower heads can save up to $100 a year in water and energy costs. Combining water efficient tap ware with aerators and flow restrictors can help reduce water use by 50% compared with standard tap ware. Installing a dual flush toilet will reduce your water consumption by 60% less than single flush toilets.
When purchasing big ticket appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines, ensure you choose a product that has a high water efficiency and energy ratings. These appliances often use large amounts of water and electricity and by purchasing a machine with a high quality rating, you will save your money in the long run. Also, ensure that you always have a full load before turning your machine on.
Rain Tanks + Grey Water
Rainwater tanks can store water run-off from your roof for use around the home or garden. Installing a rainwater tank, together with other household water saving devices, can reduce your household water use by up to 25%. Despite the initial cost, installing a rainwater tank can save you money by reducing your water bill in the long-term, and help save the environment. If you're building a new home, installing a 2000 liter or more rainwater tank for toilet flushing is one of the options to achieve the minimum regulatory requirements of the 5 Star Standard.
Grey water, which is the re-usable wastewater from your washing machines, showers, baths and basins, can also be used for watering your garden or for toilet flushing. Restrictions do apply to greywater. You can install a greywater irrigation system for your garden, which uses the grey water to deliver water straight to the roots of your plants, where they need it most.
Who Can Help Me With Money Saving Plumbing Tips?
Pipe Down Plumbing Solutions are your local specialists when it comes to all things plumbing, gas and rain tanks. Servicing the Northern Beaches of Sydney and rated five stars on Google, we are your honest, reliable plumbing service. Whether you're doing renovations, general maintenance or need 24/7 emergency services, you can rely on us for all your plumbing needs.