You only have to bring up the subject of water with someone in outback Queensland to quickly learn how scarce this precious resource is. Australia is the driest inhabited continent on the planet, and let’s face it, without fresh water, life on land wouldn’t exist.  

Australians are among the highest consumers of water per capita in the world, using on average an astonishing 340 litres of water per person, per day. That’s roughly 1,400 cups of coffee! Nearly 35% is used to water our gardens and 19% is flushed down the toilet. It’s a fact that every time you flush, you’re using up to 12 litres of water.

With the coming summer and Christmas season you might have more people in the house. This starts you thinking about how your home (and your pocket) will cope with the extra usage of water. With the price of water increasing exponentially, despite record rainfalls, it’s a good time to set some strategies in place in your home so you won’t get caught with a bill you’re struggling to pay.

Whilst we would never suggest you stop watering your prize roses or flushing the loo (not a pleasant thought), there are some simple ways to save money on your water bills. Here’s our top 5 tips:

Tip #1 – Sing a Song in the Shower

The length of a good song is about 4 minutes. This is the perfect amount of time for a shower, and it’s all you really need. Try blasting out your favourite ditty next time you jump in the shower, be mindful of doing what you need to do… and don’t spend any more time in there than you need to. By the end of the song, you should be well and truly done.

Got a teenager in the house who loves taking 30 minute showers? (seriously, what do they do in there?!). You could try passing them the next water bill, though probably a more effective way to save any angst, is to install a water-saving shower head and aerators to your taps. This is a great and cheap way to save water and money.

Tip #2  – Flush the 3 P’s Only 

Toilets are really only designed to take the 3 P’s – Pee, Poo and Paper (toilet paper). Everything else should be binned, even those wipes that claim to be ‘flushable’. Sanitary products, newspaper, paper towels and other bulky or absorbent materials can actually block your drains which can cause leaks. This means a house call from your plumber to fix the problem and a possible rectification cost for any damage the leak might cause.

Tip #3 – Become a Leak Detective

Leaks are a nuisance and can cause significant damage to your home. Sometimes you can hear them, sometimes you can see them, but some are not detectable at all until it’s too late and your water bill reveals a problem. Make it a habit to regularly check taps, including the bases, drains and all the pipework underneath the sinks. Don’t just look though, run your hand, perhaps with a cloth, around each joint and along the pipes to feel if there is any evidence of moisture. Being scrupulous in determining whether you have any leaks in your home could save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

Tip #4 – Retrain Your Lawn

Over-watering your lawn can cause the roots to sit close to the soil surface. Watering your lawn less will encourage the roots to grow deeper, making it a more hardy lawn and saving water in the process. Also, in summer, set your mower higher and let your lawn grow longer. This will not only save on water, but the longer grass will shade the soil surface, reducing evaporation loss.  

Tip #5 – Install Water-Saving Gadgets

Using less water will always save you money and there are many nifty, innovative plumbing gadgets and fixtures designed to do just that. Simply investing in a modern toilet, changing your shower head, installing mixer taps and adding timers to your hoses can go a long way in preventing water over-use.  

Look for showers, dishwashers, washing machines, toilets, urinals, taps and flow controllers that display the WELS star rating for water efficiency. The National Water Efficiency Label and Standards (WELS) is a scheme that ensures consumers like you are able to make informed and climate-conscious decisions about the products available for efficient water use. It is a requirement of Australian Law that these products display a WELS label.

Any time is a good time to action water saving tips, especially in this volatile economic climate. If you could take on one or all five of our tips, you could literally save bucket loads (pardon the pun!), of water and money.

Water conservation and lowering your water bills is really important to us at Plumbaround. For professional advice or to schedule a job, talk to our friendly team at Plumbaround today.