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15 ways to save water

G Magazine

Here's 15 ways you can conserve this precious resource and save energy while you’re at it!

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1.) When buying appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines, look for models with the highest water- and energy-star ratings.

2.) Make your next washing machine a front loader. They use as much as 60 per cent less water than top loaders, not to mention substantially less energy.

3.) Invest in a dual-flush toilet, which uses three litres of water in a half-flush as opposed to 12 litres in an old-style single-flush toilet.

4.) Make the switch to a AAA-rated water-saving shower head, which will see seven litres of water glugging down the drain each minute, instead of 25 litres.

5.) Install a rainwater tank to collect household drinking water. Make sure you do your homework first – chances are your local government or council offers rebates.

6.) Use a bucket to collect greywater from the shower and washing machine, and use it to water your garden. Check that you’re using a plant-friendly, low-phosphorus laundry detergent and don’t use greywater to water your vegie garden if the vegies are to be eaten raw.

7.) Install tap aerators and flow regulators to reduce the rate of water flow in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry and garden.

8.) If rinsing fruit and vegies in the kitchen, use a bucket of water rather than a running tap.

9.) If you simply turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, you can save up to five litres of water each time!

10.) Invest in a shower timer, which will tell you when four minutes is up. Slicing just three minutes off a seven-minute shower can save as much as 42 litres of water per person per day, depending on the shower head.

11.) For super shower efficiency, try a “navy shower”: rinse yourself, turn off the water, soap yourself up and then quickly rinse off again. (Much easier to get into this habit now the weather’s warming up!)

12.) Baths use about three times as much water as showers, while spas use up to 10 times as much water and energy – so choose a shower over these options whenever possible.

13.) Use your dishwasher and washing machine only when you have a full load of dishes or laundry.

14.) Check your pipes and taps regularly for leaks and cracks. A leaking tap can waste up to 50 litres of water a day – that’s a couple of shower’s worth of water!

15.) Always use a broom to clean hard surfaces. If you need to wash them, use a bucket and a brush. There’s no excuse for hosing down paths and wasting oodles of water!