Save on Water
Save on water to sustain your household budget and the planet. There are a number of simple tips that will help you to reduce your water bill.
Check Your Pipes
All the water pipes on your side of the curb (or more accurately the water meter) are your responsibility. This means any water leaking out of them will be paid for by you. As a result, detecting and eliminating any leakage from your water pipes will save you water and money!
An easy way to check for leaks is to turn off all the taps in your house before going out. You then read the meter. When you return after a few hours, if the meter is on the same number, everything is sweet. Otherwise, you probably have a leak, and it may well be worth finding and repairing it.
Brushing Your Teeth
Do not leave the tap running while you are brushing your teeth. Wet your bush and then turn the tap off. After you have finished brushing you can turn the tap on for a quick rinse.
Low Flow Showerheads
Moving to a water-efficient showerhead is a very good move.
Changing over to a low-flow showerhead will reduce your hot water usage by around 50%.
This means you are not just saving on your water bill, you are saving on your electricity bill as well.
Take Shorter Showers
A lot of your daily water usage is taken up by showering. If you limit your showers at 4 minutes, you could reduce your overall water use by as much as 20%.
Washing Your Car
We have two useful tips here. Firstly, wash your car with a bucket and soap, rather than a hose. You will save water not having a hose running during the whole procedure. Secondly, park your car on your lawn or near a garden while washing it.
Is Your Toilet Leaking?
Check your toilet for hidden leaks. There is a simple way to check. Put a few drops of food dye in the cistern, and wait an hour or two. Then take a look at the bowl. Any colour? If yes, you have a leak.
Get a Dishwasher
If you can purchase a dishwasher, do it! You will save water using a dishwasher, just make sure you fill it up completely before you turn it on. This will use less water than hand washing, even if you’re using a washing-up bowl.
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