Many of us are trying to live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle by using less chemicals, plastic products, wasting less and reducing our carbon footprint. Water is Earth’s most precious resource and conserving it is a key part of living a green lifestyle, especially in a drought-prone country like Australia. Thankfully, small steps can have a big impact on your overall water consumption.
Take shorter showers
An old-style shower head uses between 15 and 20 litres of water per minute, while a newer 3-star rated one uses around 9 litres per minute. So every minute less in the shower makes a huge difference.
Use a shower bucket
Keep a big bucket in your shower to catch some of the grey water. You can recycle this water in a number of ways – water the plants, use it to flush the toilet, or for laundry.
Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth
Sometimes the most obvious ideas are the best ones. Not leaving the tap running while you brush your teeth can save 12-18 litres of water morning and night!
Fix dripping taps
One drip is a tiny amount of water, but a day’s worth of drips can add up to 15 litres of water down the drain. Put quarterly reminders in your calendar to check all the taps in the house and save some water and money.
Check your toilet for leaks
Toilets can leak too! You can check this by adding some food dye to your cistern. If you see the dye in the bowl within 30 minutes you’ve got a leak to fix.
Keep a jug of water in the fridge
It’s pretty wasteful to run the tap to get the water cold. Instead keep a jug in the fridge – it’ll be colder and more refreshing than tap water all the time.
Only run full loads
This tip applies to both the dishwasher and the washing machine. Running a small load uses the same amount of water as waiting until the machine’s full, but you end up doing more loads. Wait and save.
Rinse sink instead of rinse tap
You don’t want to be tasting suds the next time you eat off a plate, so it’s understandable why some people keep a tap on when hand washing dishes. However, you can get them just as bubble-free by filling one side of the sink with sudsy water and the other with clean water for rinsing.
Limit the hose to the end of the car wash
You really don’t need a lot of water when you’re sudsing up the car. Just use a bucket of soapy water and a sponge, then use the hose to rinse it off at the end.
Use a watering can
When you water your garden with a hose you’re also watering the spaces between the plants. Go old-school with an adorable watering can to be more precise and less wasteful.
Water early or late
If you water your plants in the middle of the day it’s not as effective because the heat of the sun causes a lot of the water to evaporate. If you water in the early morning or the evening when it’s cooler your plants will get by on much less water.