As well as being mindful with the amount of water your household consumes; shorter showers, only doing full loads of washing and the dishwasher, for example, you can also save water by ensuring all your plumbing fixtures are energy efficient too.
The biggest users of water in the home are showers, taps, toilets and washing machines.
Simply by making these more water efficient, on average an Australian household can save $175 a year, that’s a saving to Australians of $2 billion by 2030!
The good news is that water efficiency can be achieved without compromising on the quality or effectiveness of water! How? New plumbing fixtures!
Low flow taps mix air into the water flow, reducing the amount of water used but giving the impression of full water flow. Low flow water taps can reduce water usage from 15-18l/min down to 2l/min.
Water efficient showerheads can save more than 9000 litres of water per person, each year in the average household. Look for a showerhead with a WELS star rating of 3 or above.
Dual flush toilets give you two flushing options. This means that when your waste is purely liquid, you can use the half flush option. Dual flushing toilets are now standard in Australia but if you have an older toilet that doesn’t have a dual flush option, consider upgrading as they use significantly less water and are given a 4 star WELS rating.
By 2021, it is estimated that Australians will reduce their domestic water waste by 150 billion litres a year. If that isn’t motivation enough, in dollars that will be a saving of more than one billion, through reduced usage of water and energy!
So don’t waste any time in getting in on those savings, switch out any of your fittings and fixtures to water efficient options and start reaping the rewards in lower energy consumption, water and power bills!