Everyone can learn a thing or two about saving water...and we figured with the Block NZ couples working on their bathrooms this week, it would be a great time to share some simple water saving tips!
Check for leaks
- Leaking taps, toilets, showerheads and other water-using devices are major wasters of water, and are a quick easy fix. You can waste 2,000 litres per month just from one tap.
- Once you've found your leak, it's easy to repair with the right equipment and tools.
- You can also use your water meter to check whether you have a leak.
Quick easy ways to save water
- Take shorter showers. Every minute you spend in the shower uses seven litres of water. Reduce your shower by one minute, and you’ll save about 2,500 litres of water a year!
- Turn off the tap when brushing teeth or shaving:a running tap wastes 10 litres per minute.
- Washing vegetables: plug that sink when you’re preparing vegetables. It’ll save you up to 10 litres per minute.
- Make sure you're doing full loads of washing when it comes to the washing machine and dishwasher.
- With today's technology, there's no need to pre rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. So save the water and put them straight in.
Water saving devices
There are many water saving devices you can buy that reduce your water use. These include aerators (mix air with water), flow regulators (to reduce the flow of water), dual flush toilets and cistern displacement devices (‘gizmos’) for single flush toilets. Many devices aren’t very expensive, so see what's on offer.
Water wise appliances – look for the stars
You can save water and a lot of money in the long run by choosing water wise appliances.To help you choose the most water efficient appliances a water efficiency labelling scheme (WELS) has being introduced. The more stars on the label the more water efficient the appliance. So if you’re replacing an old washing machine or toilet choose models with four stars or more.
In the garden
Being water wise in the garden and outside means we reduce the amount of high quality drinking water used on lawns, plants and pavements. Sprinklers are the biggest cause of unnecessary water useage as they water where not needed and often over water.
Water wise tips in the garden and outside
- Here's some easy tips to save water...
- Install a rain barrel: a rain barrel is a great way to cheer up your plants and keep your water bill down.
- Use a bucket to wash your car. This uses up to 125 litres less water than a hosepipe does.
- Simple mulch for your garden reduces the water that evaporates by up to 70 per cent and means less time spent watering.
- Water in the early morning or evening to reduce water lost to evaporation.
- Sweep paths and drive ways instead of washing them.
- Use a watering can or a hose with a hand-held trigger to minimise wastage and direct water only where needed.