Water Saving Tips From The Professionals

Water Saving Tips From The Professionals

By My Melbourne Plumber In Plumbing No comments

If there is one combination of words that motivates home owners more than ever, it is “conserving water”.  And rightfully so. On a list of typical household concerns, saving water is second only to electricity. If you consider yourself to be relatively care-free and happy to let a little extra H20 slip past, then cast your eye over  some of these water facts. Australia has the highest water usage per person on the planet. On average, the household consumption of water in Melbourne is around 240,000 litres per year. That’s equal to 5 swimming pools. Australians are one of the most carefree nations when it comes to water usage. This doesn’t sound like much to be concerned about until you realize that we are living on the driest continent on the planet.

Water is a precious resource and it’s no surprise that it is commonly referred to as “liquid gold.”  No one would argue however, that we all need our daily intake of water to survive. There are additional tips and tricks that every household can implement to minimize water wastage however. If the environment impact leaves you unfazed, take a moment to consider the cost component then and where you can potentially save money going forward. Let’s break it down to a room-by-room inspection.

The Kitchen

This is always a great place to start. Simple tasks such as avoiding running taps is the first step to water saving (which applies to all taps throughout the house really.) Also, the dishwasher, an invention of modern day wonder is sometimes taken for granted. Try to avoid using your dishwasher until it is full. Minimizing the need to rinse dishes under running water is another smart approach to lowering your next bill. Instead, try to rinse dishes in sink water.  When preparing food, the alternatives are relatively easy to implement straight away. Steam food instead of boiling it in water. Defrost food in a microwave or refrigerator or simply leave it on a bench for a few hours. Try to avoid using hot running water.  Use a large tub of water to wash vegetables as opposed to running water. Check your taps for any required maintenance and speak to an experienced plumber if your taps are dripping on a frequent basis.

The Bathroom

This is where most of your households water is commonly used. Avoid running taps while you are brushing your teeth and shaving. Installing a low-flow shower head is popular these days and one that your will see the benefits of on your next bill. Finding a plumber to do this kind of job is sometimes best if you don’t consider yourself to be the handy go-to person in your household. Traditional shower heads can flow at up to 19 litres per minute! A low flow option that is correctly installed will typically flow at approximately 9 litres per minute. Sticking to showers instead of baths is a no brainer really. Leave the baths as an occasional treat. Installing a new toilet system is also wise as there are also low flow options available here.

The Laundry & Outdoors

Using a front end loading washing machine is typically the best choice for saving water these days when washing clothes. A careful inspection of your appliances pipes and hoses never hurts either. It’s good to know where the master valve is in your laundry. Turning these off after every use means that you will prevent any additional flow of water past the wall and into your appliances while not in use. Outdoor water usage can also be taken into consideration too. If you’re a garden enthusiast, use water sprinklers and check that they are functioning correctly and check your hoses. Collecting surrounding water from rainfall to be used again on plants is simple yet innovative. Try to minimize excessively washing your vehicle every weekend as this can use anywhere from 300 litres of water per wash.

Again, checking your appliances and equipment for leaks is the ideal place to start. Speaking to professional plumbers is always a good option as well. If you want to know how to find local plumbers if you’re in the Melbourne area, check out the team at mymelbourneplumber.com.au.