As community demand for water increases, it is becoming even more important that we all work together to manage and save our valuable natural resource.
The first step to becoming waterwise is to sit down with your home builder and discuss the ways you can reduce water use around the home.
You can do your part by planning ahead and including waterwise fixtures, fittings and appliances into the design of your new home, this will help to reduce your future water use and save you money!
When selecting your appliances, the next step is to check the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) star rating to ensure you are getting the most efficient appliance there is. You can find more information on the WELS scheme here http://www.waterrating.gov.au/
Here’s a list of some top water saving tips for the areas of your home where you can make the biggest difference;
We use 22% of our total household water use in the shower alone, so taking shorter showers is one of the easiest ways to save water! Pick your favourite 4 minute song and use that as a timer! If you’re stuck finding a song that’s 4 minutes, you can use The Shower Song!
It’s a 4-minute tune written by Kav Temperley from Eskimo Joe, and recorded by a collective of WA artists. These artists have come together to communicate to WA how important – and easy – it is to keep your showers waterwise. Just pop the song on at the start of your shower, sing along, and make sure you’re out before it’s finished. You can download the tune here.
Washing fruit and vegies under running water straight from the tap can use up to 10 litres of water/minute! By putting a plug or bowl in the sink the same job can be done with less than 10 litres – and you can re-use this on your potplants or garden.
Make the switch to a front loading washing machine. Front loaders are more water efficient than top loaders of the same size. In fact, a WELS 4.5 star model uses up to 35% less water than a conventional top loading washing machine for the same load. Also see if the new model has a water saving mode, which will save you even more.
To cool your house install reverse cycle air conditioning or ceiling fans instead of an evaporative system – they can use around 60–100 litres of water per hour!