Water saving tips
Water saving tips in your home
Fix your water leaks and be water wise
- Get familiar with your water meter. If the numbers on it are turning while no water is being used in your home, you are probably having a water leak.
- Check your leaking taps. Fixing a leaking tap is an easy way save water. Replace your washers as soon as taps begin to leak.
- Leaks don´t fix them, so maintenance and repairs are needed in order to be water wise.
- Check and repair all leaking pipes. Constant damp patches in the garden could indicate a hidden underground leak.
- Not all plumbers are equipped to find hidden leaks. If you know you have a leak but can’t find it, call us as we have the necessary equipment.
Contact Wilco Plumbing Services for your plumbing issues. We are a skilled and qualified team of plumbers offer 24/7 emergency services, blocked drain repairs, hot water installation, blocked toilet, pipe relining, leak detection, leaking tap repair and more.
Use products that are water wise
- Install water efficient taps to become more water wise
- Look for a front-loading washing machine with at least 4 stars
- Choose a dishwasher with a 5-star rating for sparkling dishes
- Install a 3-star rated showerhead and end up using less hot water.
Always wash fruit and vegetables in a half-filled sink.
- Keep a bottle of water in the fridge for drinking instead of running the tap.
- Thaw food in the fridge or microwave instead of under running water.
- Wait until you have a full load in your dishwasher or washing machine and always use the economy mode.
- Wash fruit and vegetables in a half-filled sink instead of running water.
- Rinse your razor in the sink.
- Turn the tap off while you brush your teeth.
- Water saving tips in your garden
Choose the right plants and soil in order to be more water wise.
- Use compost to improve your soil.
- Water the base of your plants only.
- Place plants with similar water needs together.
- Mulch your gardens to reduce moisture loss and weeds.
- Plant local native varieties and other water wise plants that attract wildlife and need less maintenance and watering.
- Try not to cut lawns too short. Cut only the top third off the length, leaving it three centimetres or higher.
- Water your garden in the early morning or evening to reduce water loss through evaporation.
Look after your pool
- Keep your pool covered when not in use. Without a cover, more than half the water in your pool can evaporate in only a year.
- Keep the water level of your pool halfway up the skimmer.
Maintain your property and be water wise
Wash your car on the lawn instead of the driveway.
- Wash your car on the lawn and you’ll water and fertilise your lawn at the same time
- Use a broom, rake, outdoor blower or vacuum. Don’t hose paths, patios or driveways.
- Check your outdoor taps and pipes for leaks regularly.
Water saving tips for kitchen & laundry
Washing machines can use a lot of water, so it’s important to choose the right one if you want to be water wise.
You use about six per cent of all household water in the kitchen and in the laundry you use about 16% of household water – most of it in the washing machine. Being water wise in the kitchen and laundry requires both smart behaviours and technologies.
Water saving tips for kitchen
- Use a plug when you’re washing up.
- By starting with a 3-star kitchen tap, you’ll have enough flow to fill your sink, saucepan or water jug quickly.
- When it comes to washing the dishes, modern 5-star dishwashers can wash as many as 13 place settings with just 11 litres.
Water saving tips for your laundry
Just like in your kitchen, your taps and appliances can provide the biggest water savings in the laundry. Together, these can save you about 18,000 litres of water each year. Considering the number of times you use hot water in the laundry, you can also make significant energy savings when you switch to efficient taps and appliances.
- Beware of combination washer-dryers as some can use a lot of water.
- Always check the manufacturer’s information about combination machines.
- Condenser dryers rely on a constant flow of cool water to remove excess heat and evaporated moisture during the drying cycle.
Water saving tips for your bathroom
In a typical house, almost half of all the water you use indoors is in the bathroom. This makes it a great place to start saving water. Here are some simple ways to save water in the bathroom.
How to be water wise in the bathroom?
Water saving tips for showerheads
- Install a 3-star rated showerhead and you could save up to $100 a year in water and heating costs.
- Changing to a 3-star showerhead and you could save $50 to $100 a year in water and energy costs. That is what we call being water wise!
- Consider installing a flow controller if you don’t want to change your showerhead.
Consider installing a flow controller if you don’t want to change your showerhead.
Water saving tips for taps
Water efficient taps such as mixers help save water.
Choose new 3-star taps, including lever, mixer and quarter-turn styles. They use about half the amount of water as a standard tap
- Fit an aerator to your tap if you don’t want to change its look.
- Install a flow controller or restrictor in the tap body if you can’t fit an aerator to your tap.
Water saving tips for toilets
- Install a 4-star dual flush toilet.
- Change your single flush toilet to a 4-star dual flush toilet.
- Make your single flush toilet more water efficient by adjusting the float valve in the cistern or installing a cistern weight.
- Check your toilet isn’t leaking. Place a small piece of dry toilet paper at the back of the toilet bowl and check that it stays dry until the next flush.
- Make sure your taps, showers and toilets aren’t dripping or leaking.
Being water wise in your garden
By following the above water saving tips and selecting climate appropriate plants you can reduce the need to water your garden. The type of climate around your pool will affect how much water is lost though evaporation. A windy and exposed pool will lose much more water and heat than a sheltered, wind-protected pool. A garden that makes the most of its microclimates can survive a hot, dry summer’s week before it needs additional water. But you’ll need good soil and a smart choice of plants. Your soil’s ability to hold water where most roots can reach it has the biggest impact. Soil types range from pure sand to clay. Sand can hold very little water, while clay can hold a lot, but your plants will find it hard to get water from it. The best soil is loam, a mix of sand, clay and organic matter. Your soil acts like a rainwater tank.
We’ve identified common microclimates in Sydney gardens:
- Lawn and garden areas next to paths and roads are a few degrees hotter all year round.
- The southern sides of houses are cooler, shadier and less exposed to the sun.
- Back gardens are often more shady, wind protected and therefore cooler than front gardens.
- The areas under trees are more shaded and sometimes more wind protected than areas in an open space.
- Narrow gaps between homes or buildings will often have a shady wind tunnel effect
- The northern and western sides of homes are typically hotter and get more sunlight throughout the year.