Taking stock of your water use is an ideal first-step on a mission to use less water. And the best place to start is with a “desk-top” audit by studying your bills. Look for trends or patterns and think about what could be causing spikes and troughs in your water use.
For more complicated set-ups or if you choose to go with a professional, some water authorities will even rebate 100 per cent of the cost. The Australian Green Plumbers has a page of rebate information on.
Peter Hoefler, chief operating officer of Green Plumbers, says that “in some cases people can have a qualified plumber carry out an audit and fit a dual-flush toilet cistern, and have the full cost rebated”.
Hoefler recommends doing your homework because “in some areas people can even have the full cost of a professionally-installed 5,000 L water tank rebated”.
There are plenty of things around the home that you can do yourself. Here’s a checklist to get you on your way.
Leaks typically account for about 3 per cent of household water use, or 1,000 L a day. So check:
Bathrooms take up about 27 per cent of household water use. Check that:
Kitchens accounts for about 4 per cent of household water use. Check that:
Backyards typically use about 57 per cent of household water use so this is an important area to audit.Check that :
Evaporation causes water loss, so check:
Source: G Magazine (Kevin Farrel)
Save even more water and reduce your water bills by harvesting rainwater from your rooftop and storing the rain water in rainwater tanks or rain barrels.
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