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15 Best Ways to Conserve Water in the Home

15 Best Ways to Conserve Water in the Home

Everybody needs water. It’s a valuable resource that enables us to do a lot of our day-to-day activities. As one of our most precious utilities, we need to conserve water as much as we can. Implementing water conservation measures at home, for instance, can make a big difference, not only in getting significant money savings but also for the benefit of the wider community.

So how can you save water at home? Here are 15 simple ways to conserve water:

In the Garden

  • Water the plants in the morning or evening when the temperature is cooler, reducing evaporation.
  • Spread a layer of organic mulch around plants. This retains moisture, enabling you to save water and money.
  • Make sure that your sprinklers are positioned correctly to ensure that water goes to your lawn and not on the street, sidewalk or your house.
  • Plant more shrubs and ground cover to reduce the amount of lawn in your yard.
  • Instead of non-indigenous plants, consider planting Australian varieties that can withstand dry conditions that Australia is known for.

In the Bathroom

  • Replace the shower head with a water-efficient model. Everyone in the household can save thousands of litres per year if you’re using a water-efficient shower head.
  • Shorten your shower time. Be mindful of your water consumption especially when taking a shower. Reducing shower time by just a few minutes will save a lot of water and money in a month.
  • Install a dual flush toilet. There are many water-saving models to choose from. Replacing your old toilet for one with a dual flush can help lower your water bill.
  • Use a rainwater tank to collect water from your roof to flush the toilet.
  • Repair leaky taps. Obviously, this also applies to other parts of the house. Make sure to inspect all taps for leaks and broken pipes, and repair them right away.

In the Kitchen

  • Fill a basin with water to wash fruit and vegetables, instead of using running water from the tap.
  • Consider steaming vegetables instead of boiling them. You will need a fraction of the water to cook them.
  • Install a water-efficient, low-flow tap. Older models of taps flow at 19 litres per minute, while the new water-efficient ones reduce that figure to about 5 litres.
  • Washing dishes by hand? Fill one sink with wash water and the other one with rinse water, to avoid letting the water run while rinsing.
  • Install an instant water heater near the sink to avoid running the water while it heats up.
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