We all know that saving water will help lower your water bill, but since it’s not our hugest expense right now (petrol price, we’re looking at you), we tend to shelf the idea that we need to be careful with our water consumption.
However, there’s a lot more to saving water than just saving some dollars on your monthly bill:
- It’s the world’s most precious resource
- Conserving water helps keep it pure and clean
- It helps protect the environment
These are reasons enough to start implementing some water-saving measures in your kainga (home).
Let’s check them out:
- Take shorter showers
Before you roll your eyes because you’ve heard this so many times, we have to state, it truly is one of the best ways to save some water. Get in, shower, get out. Try not to do a shower karaoke rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody while you’re in there.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth
This one is self-explanatory but we should mention that this is also a great thing to teach your kids when they brush their teeth, ensuring that future generations make water conservation a daily habit.
- Do a full load of laundry or dishes
This one might be tricky for those who like to do small loads during the week, but both your washing machine and dishwasher use a ton of water for every cycle. To minimise the waste, we recommend waiting until these things are full before running it.
- Check faucets and pipes for leaks
Leaks waste water 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This really adds up over time. We recommend checking your pipes or having a great plumbing service like Dynamic Plumbing Works on hand for any wonky pipes or leaks
- Water your lawn only when it needs it
Watering on a regular schedule doesn’t allow for cool spells or rainfall which reduce the need for watering. Step on some grass. If it springs back up when you move your foot, it doesn’t need water.
- Stop using your toilet as a trashcan
We’ve said this many, many times. A toilet is not a bin, with 11 litres per flush you are better off just using your actual bin as it won’t cost you extra money every time you use it.
- Be Cautious While Washing Your Car
Washing your car yourself to save money should include being water-wise while doing it. Don’t keep the hose running, try and use it as sparingly as possible. Go easy on the number of times you wash it. It all adds up!
It can be hard to implement changes if you’ve been slack on keeping your water consumption down. But with these tips & some practice, we can all make a difference to our water resources.