When it comes to saving money an easy place to start is with your water bills. By making a few small changes in your daily life habits you will have more money in your front pocket with these tips. The professional Toowoomba plumbers at JH Plumbing & Gas are all about giving back to the community. With our high quality plumbing services you can count on the friendly team when you need it most. With transparent communication throughout and upfront quotes you will have your plumbing jobs completed in no time. No job is too big or too small for our expert team of 24/7 plumbers in Toowoomba you can count on.
According to a survey done by Canstar Blue, they discovered the average quarterly water bills across Australian households of all sizes are as follows;
- Western Australia- $234
- New South Wales- $246
- Victoria- $259
- Queensland- $300
- South Australia- $324
- Tasmania- $365
From the data retrieved, we see households in Tasmania having the highest water bills out of all the states. With Australia’s unforgiving climate, it means we all need to be conscious of how much water we use. That being said, here are some easy conservation tips you can use.
Take shorter showers
This can be a really rough thing to do especially during the winter season. One way you can do this is by using a time tracker and set it at 4-5 minutes. It’s said that on average Australians spend 7 minutes in the shower which can consume around 55 liters of water. The less time you use the less liters of water you consume. You could also switch to a water saving shower head or a low-flow one. Another tip is while you wait for your water to heat up, you could place a bucket under the shower to collect the cold water and use it for other purposes.
Fix any leaks in your home
Never ignore leaks as they do waste a lot of water if not dealt with immediately. Leaks can send your water bill through the roof and also can damage your house. If you suspect that you may have a leak, call a professional plumber or you can check out these steps on how to fix it yourself. Regarding taps, another thing most of us have heard several times but occasionally do is that you should at all times turn off your water while you’re brushing your teeth.
Install Water Tanks
This is an easy and practical way of gathering rainwater for use in the house or garden. Using rainwater can reduce water bills, provide an alternative supply during water restrictions and help maintain a green and healthy garden. Rainwater harvesting also decreases stormwater runoff, thereby helping to reduce local flooding. Kindly note as well that rainwater can have a negative impact on your health and there are some preventative measures you should take before using this water especially when using it for domestic use such as cleaning and cooking.
These tanks can be breeding tanks for mosquitoes, therefore to avoid this ensure your tank inlets and overflows are properly screened to exclude mosquitoes. If the rainwater will be used for human consumption, disinfecting the water is highly recommended. Make sure to consult a professional plumber on how or where you can get such water tanks.
Minimize outdoor water use
Instead of regularly hosing down paths and driveways, try sweeping them. Lawns take up most of your time, energy, money to maintain and water. They need mowing, weeding, edging and fertilizing, and equipment requires fuel and maintenance. Different grass types have different watering needs so make sure you select grass that needs less water and water only when the lawn is showing signs of stress. Soils with high water-holding capacity, effective drainage and infiltration need less frequent watering. All soil types improve with the addition of organic matter.
When washing your car, use a bucket and sponge instead of hosing it and when rising attach a trigger nozzle so you can control the flow and amount of water you use. Also you could wash your car on the grass using biodegradable cleaning products that way it won’t harm it in any way. Once in a while use the waterless car wash method where you use a damp cloth to wipe down dust from the car. If you have a pool ensure you cover it to reduce loss of water through evaporation. Keep the water levels a bit lower to reduce excessive spillage and ensure the pool and filters are clean to reduce backwashing.
Use water sparingly when washing up
Avoid rinsing your dishes under running water. If you have two sinks, fill one with rinsing water. Also use a tiny amount of liquid soap as that will reduce the amount of rinsing water needed. If you intend on buying a dishwasher, choose a water efficient model. Before you buy, check the appliance for a WELS label. The more stars, the more water efficient it is.
For your laundry, choose a front load washing machine with a 4 star WELS label. Front loaders use less water than top loaders. Instead of washing in small loads all the time, wash bigger loads of clothes less frequently. Treating stains beforehand means reducing the number of times you need to rewash.