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Water Saving Tips

Every day, there are many simple little things we can do around the house to save water, money and help the environment. Take a look through the tips below for some clever shortcuts to savings.

  • Checking for leaks in taps, pipes and dishwasher hoses is an easy way to reduce water wastage. Remember, one leaking tap can waste more than 2,000 litres a month.
  • The most water efficient methods for cooking vegetables are microwaving, steaming or using a pressure cooker. You can also cut down on water loss by using tight lids on pots and simmering instead of boiling rapidly.
  • Installing water efficient taps or tap aerators is a great, inexpensive way to cut your water usage without you even noticing.
  • Prevent taps from leaking by turning taps off lightly and replace washers as soon as they begin to leak.
  • Automatic dishwashers can use up to 40 litres of water per load. By using a dishwasher with at least a 3 star/AAA rating1, you can get this figure down to 18 litres per load and still get the kind of sparkling clean dishes you’re used to.
  • It’s best to wait until you have a full load in your dishwasher before using it. This saves water and energy, and reduces the amount of detergent entering the sewerage system.
  • Keep a container of water in the fridge so that you won’t need to run the water down the sink until it’s cool enough to drink.
  • Washing fruit and vegies in a half-filled sink instead of under running water is a great way to cut back on water wastage.
  • Rinsing your dishes in a plugged sink rather than under a running tap saves water and is just as easy and effective.
  • Use a sink strainer.
  • Most washing machines have a load adjustment button or dial, so try to set this to match the amount of washing you’re doing. If your machine doesn’t have a load adjustment function, try to wait until you have enough washing for a full load.
  • Installing one of the latest 3 star/AAA rating showerheads 1 can give you a great shower and save you around 10 litres of water a minute. They also save you energy costs, as you’ll use less hot water.
  • There’s no need to leave the tap running while you brush your teeth. Simply wet your toothbrush before you begin and use a glass of water to rinse your mouth.

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