In most households, excessive amounts of water are used every year. With a little more attention and consideration for how we use water, it is possible to reduce water wastage and thereby have a positive impact on the environment and your water bills!
WHERE DO WE USE WATER? IT’S AS IMPORTANT TO BE AS MINDFUL OF WATER USE AS IT IS TO BE MINDFUL OF HOME INSURANCE AND ELECTRICITY COSTS.
Water for showering, washing up, washing clothes and gardening represents some of the most significant areas of water use in domestic homes. We tend to pay careful consideration to the ways we use and pay for other services related to the home, including energy costs and home insurance, and water is yet another area that can and should be mindfully used.
Showering: Australians tend to love a long, hot, relaxing shower, but litres upon litres of water gush down the drain while we take our time in the shower.
Washing up: No one is disputing the need to use flowing water to rinse dishes and fill the sink when washing up, but far too much water is used in many households, particularly when water is left running as the dishes are scrubbed.
Washing clothes: Putting the washing machine on before a full load exists is a definite waste of water. Most washing machines tend to use a lot of water, although modern machines are designed to conserve water and maximise efficiency. In order to take positive environmental action and enjoy cost savings, such machines are an excellent investment.
Flushing the toilet: If you have an old toilet in your home, you may find your toilet uses an excessive amount of water. By changing to a low-flow model, your toilet will flush just as efficiently, but with significantly less water.
Gardening: Many Australians take great pride in their gardens and love to keep them looking green, lush and verdant. However, achievement of this end can be incredibly difficult in a country as dry as Australia. The water restrictions imposed in recent years certainly saw the amounts of water used for gardening purposes reduce markedly.
However, some good rainfall in recent years has meant the country is no longer in drought and water restrictions are no longer in place in many parts of Australia. The impact of this? Many Australians are again slushing their gardens with water and with little regard for how much is being used and wasted and with little attention to alternative ways of watering the garden using decreased volumes of water.
Drinking: There has been quite a lot of recent debate about whether bottled water is in fact better for you than tap water. A good solution and middle ground is the use of water filters and water purifiers. Both of these can be used easily and acquired cheaply and are successful in providing pure drinking water.
Water is a precious commodity in Australia, and even though the country is technically no longer in drought, water is a resource we cannot afford to waste. With more attention and care for the ways we use water, most households can reduce the amount of water used and ensure it is used as efficiently as possible.