Saving water in your home is a step towards water conservation that is both good for the planet and your pocket. This page will give you a few tips on how to preserve this precious resource.
Water can be saved by buying more energy efficient products like efficient showerheads taps/faucets, and more efficient appliances like water efficient dishwashers and washing machines.
Generally in today's market manufacturers will give an energy efficiency star or label rating with their appliances to enable better choice by the customer. So simply by buying energy efficient products you will save money in your home power usage (electricity bills) and general water consumption.
Typically the bathroom in most houses will use around 50% of the water in your home, and around 20% of that water will be flushed down the toilet - not so great when you think about it.
Having a bath will use far more water than taking a shower so here are a few tips on saving water when you have a bath.
We all love taking a shower because the feeling is so refreshing. However, the water consumption with some new and old showerheads far exceeds that of the new energy efficient showerheads.
For example; showerheads with a three star rating use no more than 9 litres of water per minute therefore saving water, whereas some old and new showerheads can use up to 20 litres per minute.
As a general rule for saving water do not have taps/faucets running unnecessarily, a running tap/faucet can use about 16 litres of water per minute.
Many new WC cisterns have a dual flush action, a half flush and a full flush. Some new toilet cisterns use about 4.5 litres for a full flush and 3 litres for a half flush saving water.
If you have an older toilet cistern with only one flushing action, i.e, a full flush, and cannot afford to replace it. By placing a house brick inside the cistern you will greatly reduce the flushing volume of water as some of the older cisterns can use up to 9 litres of water in a flush. When it comes to saving water 9, 7.5 or even 6 litres is far to much water to use to flush a residential toilet.
Make sure that the toilet is not losing water via the overflow route which could be through an external discharge pipe due to the inlet valve not closing off. Or, an integral connection into the toilet bowl itself which could also be from a problem with the inlet valve, or a perishing 'flap valve'.Back to list
Below is a table of a average household water usage, in it you can see that we use a lot of water - and waste a lot as well.
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