Water efficiency inside your home

Water efficiency inside your home

Saving water is great for the environment, but it can also help you reduce your water bills

Where most water is used

We all use water differently, but studies have shown that each of us uses more than half of our water inside our homes. Of that, most of it is in the bathroom.

Water efficiency in your bathroom

The simplest way to save water in your bathroom is to install a water-efficient shower head and toilet cistern.
5 more water saving tips:
  1. Take shorter showers. You can save up to 11 litres of water every minute by installing a water efficient shower head.
  2. Install a dual flush toilet. This can save you up to 50% on every flush.
  3. Check for a leaking toilet cistern. It's easy to do: just put food colouring in the cistern. If the colour shows in the toilet bowl without flushing, you've got a leak.
  4. Turn the taps off when you're brushing your teeth, washing your hands or shaving.
  5. Install aerators on your taps. Aerators mix air with your water. They reduce water flow without affecting pressure.

Water efficiency in your laundry

A good way to save water in the laundry is to install a water-efficient washing machine. 4 water saving tips:
  1. Adjust settings to suit load. If you don't have a fully loaded washing machine, adjust the load setting to suit your washing requirements.
  2. Fix dripping taps. You can also read our leak detection guide to find out if you have a leak that you can't see.
  3. Install aerators on your taps. Aerators mix air with your water. They reduce water flow without affecting pressure.
  4. Consider using greywater from the laundry on the garden. Before you do this, make sure you can meet any required planning, health and plumbing requirements. More information about the requirements for greywater use can be found here.

Water efficiency in your kitchen

One of the best ways to save water in your kitchen is to install aerators. They reduce the water flow and stop you using so much water, but don't affect the pressure. 4 water saving tips:
  1. Choose water-efficient appliances. Many new appliances have a Water Efficiency and Labelling Standards label to help you make a good choice.
  2. Only turn the dishwasher on when it's full. Make sure you use the right settings for different types of wash.
  3. Collect water in a bowl or jug whenever you need to run the taps, and use it on your garden. Do this when you're waiting for water to heat up or cool down. You can also do this when washing vegetables.
  4. Fix dripping taps. You can also read our leak detection guide to find out if you have a leak that you can't see.

Use water-wise appliances

You can save water and money just by choosing water-wise appliances.WELS sticker example

To help you choose the most water efficient appliances, Australia has mandatory Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS). Labels apply to all showerheads, washing machines, toilets, dishwashers and urinals. It also applies to some types of taps.

The scheme includes minimum water efficiency standards for toilets. Labels on flow-control devices are optional.

This scheme tells you how water efficient a product is. The more stars on the label, the more water-efficient the product. Choosing to buy only high efficiency products will help you save water.

You can read more about the WELS scheme here.

If you’re looking to better use water in your home, watch this video for some handy tips.

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