Yes, saving water means lower water bills. However, it’s not one of our biggest household costs, so too many people stand under the shower for hours thinking the only headache will be a few more dollars and cents when that next bill arrives in the coming weeks or months. So before we even consider how to save water at home, we’ll have to convince you why it’s so important:
- It’s the world’s most precious resource
- Water conservation keeps water pure and clean
- And it’s one of the key ways a key way to protect the environment.
So as well as getting those water bills down, how could you possibly need any more reasons to implement some simple water saving tips Australia wide?
1. Take shorter showers
Daily bathing accounts for a whopping percentage of your daily water usage. But simply by capping your showers at 4 minutes, you’ll slash your overall water usage by as much as 20%.
2. Install low-flow showerheads
While we’re on the topic of showers, does yours have a water-efficient showerhead? If you absolutely love a longer-than-4-minute soak, switching to a low-flow head will reduce your hot water usage by almost 50% – and you’ll hardly notice the difference.
3. Use a cistern displacement device
Wait a minute … use a what? It sounds complicated, but a cistern displacement device is really just a bag full of crystals that you plop into your toilet cistern to limit the amount of water that can be released into your bowl per flush. It’s not hard to whip up a DIY version either.
4. Check for pipe leaks
Even with all the water saving tips and tricks in the world, you’ll still be wasting thousands (yes, thousands) of litres per year if you fail to even notice a hidden pipe leak.
But while obvious leaks are one thing, what on earth do you do about hidden leaks? If your water meter is turning and all the taps are closed tight, a leak deep into your plumbing system can seem impossible to locate, which is why all the best plumbers offer superb water leak detection services. It’s a combination of experience and start of the art technologies, meaning that if a single drop of water is being shed out of sight, a great plumber will find it and fix it.
5. Check for toilet leaks
While you’re checking for hidden leaks, check a very common culprit – the toilet. Put a few drops of food dye in the cistern, and walk away. After an hour, have a look at the bowl. Any colour? If yes, you have a leak.
6. Wait until it’s full
Are you one of those people who puts the washing machine or the dishwasher on even if you’re only dealing with a few items of clothing or a few odd dishes? Don’t forget that some washing machines use well over 100 litres of water per cycle, and – while more efficient – dishwashers are rather thirsty too. So why not wait until those water-hungry appliances are completely chocka-block before switching them on?
How to save water with Brisbane’s best plumber
It’s no exaggeration to say that not a single plant, animal or person would grace our beautiful country and planet without water. So why not start treating it like the precious resource it is – and keep as much of it in your pipes as possible.
At Brisbane Plumbing & Drainage, we care about water conservation and lowering your water bills too – which is why we offer tips, advice, and the very best leak repairs and state-of-the-art water leak detection services – and so much more to keep your plumbing systems singing like a song. Get in touch with our reliable Brisbane plumbing company today.