How To Save Water This Summer
- William Demirdonder
- Oct 25, 2020
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- 15-minute read
Summer is here! And it’s time to save some water. This time of year is SO much fun, but it can be expensive with Christmas, New Year, Summer Holidays and parties.
It’s the last time of year you *want* to deal with a plumbing emergency but trust us, the phones ring hot all Summer and it’s mostly because homeowners have skipped a few simple plumbing maintenance to-do’s or routine plumbing checks.
We have created a Summer Plumbing checklist for you to use right away. You can access it here and it’s designed for you to work through quickly over a weekend.
Summer also marks the start of bushfire season, drought season, hot weather and a lot of water usage. This summer, we urge you to start to conserve as much water in your home as possible. On a global scale, almost 900 billion gallons of water are wasted per annum through leaks alone! That’s A LOT of water. Collectively, we all need to start managing our water usage more sustainably. But big changes start small. And you can start with your family right now.
This is the most important tip: be mindful and really think about the water that you’re using every day. If every day you start to use less and less it will add up over time and you’ll be surprised with how much water you can actually save! All of our below tips are fantastic ways to start being more mindful about water in and around your home and garden. The best thing you can do is get the whole family involved. Talk to your partner and kids about it, make it a fun project for the summer and see how much impact you can make just in your home.
There’s nothing better than an icy shower on a steamy day. Especially if you’ve been doing some sweaty work all day. However, did you know that cutting your shower time by two minutes can save almost 7,000 liters of water a year. Even if you start small by cutting your shower time down by one minute, you’re still saving water and money.
Here’s a crazy fact: 1 leaky tap can waste up to 20,000 litres of water per year!
Those litres are costing you big time $$$ and you’re not doing the environment any favours either.
Most of the time, we don’t realise we have any issue with our pipes until it’s too late (cue burst pipe and water flooding everywhere).
By the time you see signs of water damage in your walls and ceilings you have a weee bit of a problem on your hands.
Alarm signals for a plumbing leak include excess water coming from under your sink, toilet or any other fixtures.
Whatever the cause, ensure you get it addressed sooner rather than later by a professional and licenced plumber near you.
Or call our friendly team today and we can provide you with a $0 obligation free quote.
Items like sanitary pads, flushable wipes, ultra thick paper towel, face wipes and yes, even nappies DO NOT belong down the toilet.
Some people seem to mistake their toilet for a rubbish bin – like a black hole where once it goes down that drain, it disappears forever! Unfortunately not.
When a pipe is blocked, this is a signal for more water to be pumped into the bowl every time we attempt to flush it.
You know what that causes? Backflow!
So that perceived black hole where you thought you’d never see anything again… SURPRISE…could make a reentry.
The only thing that should see the inside of your toilet is the 3 P’s: Poop, Pee and Paper (Toilet Paper).
Stack those dishes! Did you know: by hand washing dishes you use almost doubles the amount of water a dishwasher uses? Those pesky machines have trumped us again with their smarts. This is one chore you can gladly hand over to them.
You use less hot water by running your dishwasher only when it’s full and by choosing shorter, economy wash cycles. So make sure that baby is fully stacked.
Buying water-efficient products around your home (and they have them for almost any water-related task) can save money on your bills because you’re using less water, heat, and energy. Look for the water rating label or advice on all products regulated under the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme. The label is designed to help you make informed choices. You can read more information here. According to the Australian Government’s current estimates on water efficiency, water-efficient products will start to save the average family $175 per year or more. It’s estimated to be $2 billion in total by 2030!
If you can’t ditch the nice, long showers, try switching to a low-flow showerhead. With a standard showerhead using 15 to 25 litres of water per minute, switching to an energy-efficient, three-star-rated showerhead can cut your hot water usage by around 40 per cent. That’s a lot!
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Another great way to save water this Summer is by turning off the tap when you brush your teeth and you’ll save 10 litres a minute! If you know you do this… try and be mindful to turn that tap off while you brush your teeth in the evening and morning.
Generally speaking, based on average shower times, a shower uses less water than a full bath. Are baths are a part of your daily routine (how luxurious). Maybe consider swapping to showers and just having a bath every now and then. You’ll be saving water in no time!
By washing your clothes in cold water (and making sure the load is full before turning it on) you will save energy and hot water. With 90 per cent of your washer’s electricity use going to heating water, you’ll save by using cold water! Clothes will be just as clean and cold water helps to preserve their colour so you’re not doing any harm with a cold water wash.
This one is common sense: don’t run a full load of washing if you only have a few things to get clean. You’ll save a lot of water being mindful about the amount of clothes you’re washing!
Another great way to save water this Summer is by keeping water in the fridge. So instead of waiting until the faucet gives you icy water (and letting all that water go down the drain while you wait) keep a water jug or bottle in the fridge so it can pre-chill and be waiting for you always!
You can see by making a few small adjustments around the home, there are many ways you can save on your next water and energy bills this Summer! Not only will you save yourself some dollars you’ll also do your best to conserve water and do your part for the environment.
At Proximity Plumbing, we’re all about saving water so for an expert set of eyes to assess your current system or to book in for a plumbing maintenance appointment and have our team of expert eastern suburbs plumbers get their hands on your pipes – call us today on 0420 102 394 for a free quote. Plus we guarantee to be on-site within the eastern suburbs in 30 minutes.
At Proximity Plumbing we have created a simple (but valuable) Summer Plumbing Checklist for you to use right away. Download this bad boy and get to inspecting the necessities around your home to make sure your plumbing system is SO ready for our warmer months. Get it here
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