Water saving tips for the growing season
Moving into warmer months means our water needs will increase around the home.
In the garden you can save water by smartening-up your watering habits. If you prefer not to use a watering can, a reticulation system can be helpful if it is installed correctly. The important thing to remember is to 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 will also appreciate drippers and remember they will generally need watering more often.
This will give your garden a good start before the long hot summer ahead.
A bathroom audit is a good idea too. 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. If it visibly flows into the bowl or you can hear a hissing as water flows somewhere mysterious it is time to call the plumber. 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.)
Think about your bathroom water habits. Hot water use is a major consumer of power in the home. A long shower or bath can use over 200 litres of water. A short shower can use less than 30. So you can reduce your water and power bills just by having shorter showers. You could also think about using a bucket to catch the water flow if you have to run your shower or bath water for a while to warm up the water. Again the plants will love the extra drink.
In the laundry try switching over to cold water washing for clothes. In most cases your clothes will get just as clean as when hot water is used and again you will save on the power bill. Naturally hot water is needed for loads that require a hygiene or oil dissolving wash (like nappies and overalls) and occasionally your machine will appreciate a hot water wash to keep it clean.
You’ll find more tips for saving money on water on liveability.com.au.