Minimise water wastage this summer
During summer, water usage escalates as we tend to our garden beds and lawns, top up pools, and undergo general home maintenance.
LJ Hooker has prepared some simple tips for home owners to keep tabs on their water usage this summer.
In the garden
Without proper attention, home gardens can become casualties of the searing heat which comes with the Australian summer.
You need not drain your watering tank or the local dam to keep your garden beautiful and healthy. If you prefer not to use a watering can, a correctly-installed reticulation system can be helpful.
Make sure you water directly onto the root zone, not onto leaves or the areas between plants. If you already have a watering system installed, you can often save money by retro-fitting drippers to do this. Your pot plants – which generally require more watering - will also appreciate drippers.
In the bathroom
Expectedly, the bathroom is a room in the home which is responsible for a large portion of a home’s water use.
It’s a good idea to conduct an audit of water usage in your bathroom. Can you install low-flow shower heads and convert your toilet to dual or reduced flush? If toilets leak, you could be losing 10 litres of water per hour or more. Dripping taps mean you can be losing 10 litres a day or more down the drain! (Until you can replace the washer catch any drips with a plastic container and water the plants with it).
A long shower or bath can use over 200 litres of water, whereas a shorter shower can account for less than 30. That excess water from a shower or bath can also be recycled to water the plants as well.
In the laundry
Naturally, hot water is needed for washing loads that require a hygiene or oil dissolving wash (like nappies and overalls). Your washing machine will also benefit from the occasional hot water cycle to keep it clean.
However, in many instances cold water can be used rather than hot. In many cases, cold water performs just as well as cold water for washing and it also uses less power than hot water.
You’ll find more tips for saving money on water on liveability.com.au.