Looking for tips on how to lower your water bill? Even a few small changes can make a huge difference to your budget. We’ll show you how to save on your water bill at home with these thirteen easy and practical tips.
Tip #1 – Install A Water-Efficient Shower Head
Some shower heads have a more water-efficient design than others. For example, water-efficient showerheads often use less than 9 litres per minute, compared to a regular showerhead, which can use as much as a staggering 20 litres per minute. Making this simple switch can help you reduce your water bill dramatically, as well as save on energy costs from hot water use.
Tip #2 – Choose Water and Energy Efficient Appliances
Is it time to upgrade your washing machine, dishwasher or another water-using appliance? It’s absolutely worth it to research before you buy. When you’re on the hunt, look for appliances that have a high water and energy efficiency rating. Water efficient appliances may cost more up-front, but they can lead to significant long-term cost savings.
Tip #3 – Don’t Let The Water Run
Do you find it tempting to leave the water running when you shave or brush your teeth? This seemingly harmless action can wreak a surprising amount of havoc on your water bill. Always turn off the tap when you’re not directly using it.
When you need to wash a piece of fruit or vegetables for dinner, fill your sink or a container with water instead of washing them under running water.
Tip #4 – Take Short Showers
Do you like taking long showers or hot baths? The bad news: this is probably making your water bill much more extravagant. The good news: it’s super simple to switch to a short shower, and you’ll likely not notice much of a difference.
Start by using a timer to monitor how much time you currently spend in the shower. Use this as a benchmark to improve. Embrace a short shower ritual. Can you shampoo or condition your hair before you jump into the shower? Do you spend minutes sitting under the hot water without washing? Aim to make your time count and spend no more than five minutes in the shower. Your water bill will thank you.
Tip #5 – Update Or Apart Your Toilet
There are lots of easy ways you can reduce the amount of water your toilet uses during the flush function:
- Replace your toilet with a more water-efficient model (aim for a model that uses no more than 5.5 litres per flush)
- Install a dual flush on your toilet and use the half flush whenever possible
- Adjust your desired flush volume with an adjustable flapper to save up to 11 litres per flush
- Install a fill cycle diverter to divert overflow water back to the tank during the fill cycle, to save 2 litres per flush
Tip #6 – Fix Leaks In Your Home
Did you know that a leaky faucet can waste more than 3000 litres of water per year?
If you suspect you have leaks in your home, hire a plumbing professional to get them fixed immediately. Leaks can send your water bill through the roof and even cause damage to your house.
How can you check if your house has a hidden water leak? Simply look at the reading on your water meter and leave the house so no one uses water for a couple of hours. When you arrive home, check the reading again. If the reading has changed, you have a hidden leak and you should get in touch with a plumber to fix it.
Tip #7 – Save Water To Re-use On Your Garden
Is your garden thirsty? There are lots of ways you can save and reuse water to perk up your plants. Here are some ideas:
- Save your cooking water
- Reuse unused drinking water
- Collect water in a bucket when you have a shower
- Redirect water from your washing machine to your lawn
- Catch water when it rains and use it to water your garden
Tip #8 – Wash Your Clothing With Care
Making some small adjustments to the way you wash your clothes can help you reduce your water bill:
- Purchase a water-efficient washing machine
- Use the eco wash button on your washing machine
- Use cold water to wash your clothes instead of hot water
- Only wash when you have a full load
- Use quick wash for clothes that do not require a deep clean
Tip #9 – Install A Faucet Aerator On Your Taps
Purchase a faucet aerator for each tap in your home. This screws into the bottom of your faucet to reduce your water flow without reducing water pressure.
Tip #10 – Install A Tankless Hot Water Heater
Thinking of replacing your hot water heater? Consider upgrading to a tankless hot water unit. This will allow you to heat water faster and only when you need it, so you can reap water and energy savings.
Tip #11 – Water with A Soaker Hose
If you typically water your garden with a normal garden hose, consider switching to a soaker hose. With this style of hose, you’ll have more precise control of water to your garden.
Tip #12 – Mulch Your Garden
If you’re looking for a way to reduce the amount of water your garden needs, consider applying a fresh layer of mulch. Why? Mulch reduces evaporation. This ensures your garden gets the full benefit of rainwater and soaks up your watering more effectively.
Tip #13 – Take Your Car to A Car Wash
Do you wash your car yourself? Try taking your car to a professional car wash instead. This will save you approximately 400 litres of water. Plus, if you choose a car wash that recycles water, you’ll be helping the environment, too.
Do you need help with installing a water-saving device or fixing a leak in your home? Contact Yarrow Plumbing today on (07) 3277 5742.