Water is a precious resource that we must use wisely and avoid wasting. As the population continues to grow, so will the demand for water. Climate Change, Droughts and High Energy Costs are just a few concerns that have society searching for ways to conserve our resources and reduce costs.
By making small changes we can all play our part in helping to conserve water. Here are just a few ways you and your family can together make a difference in your home:
- Use water tanks to catch rainfall. Currently, most of the rain just gets washed down the drain.
- Ensure both the dishwasher and washing machine have ‘full loads’ before doing a cycle
- At the first sign of a dripping tap or leaking toilet have them repaired
- Purchase energy efficient appliances. New appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers have water rating labels on them that tell you their energy efficient rating
- Have hot water pipes insulated or install an instantaneous hot water system. This avoids wasting water and saves energy while waiting for water to heat up.
- Keep chilled water in the fridge. This saves water wasting away down the sink while you are waiting for the water to cool down and be suitable to drink during the warmer months.
- Rinse fruit and vegetables in a sink that is half-filled with water, rather than under a continual running tap.
- Encourage friends and neighbours to be form a water-conscious community and do their part. Promote water conservation in community newsletters, on bulletin boards, and lead by example.
Toilet leaks are energy and money leaks too!
Toilets are one of the most water-intensive fixtures in the house. Older style toilets use up to 18 litres of water per flush while the latest ultra-low-flush toilets can use as little as 4.5 litres for a full flush and 3 litres for a half flush.
A toilet leak can potentially waste approximately 750 litres of water every day. This is the equivalent of flushing your toilet more than 50 times for no reason at all! A leaking toilet is often not audible or visible and it can often be only when a costly water bill arrives you know you have an issue.
If you suspect you may have a toilet leak, here’s a simple task you can try:
- Remove the tank lid of the toilet
- Drop either a dye tablet or approximately 10 drops of food colouring into the tank.
(Dye tablets are often available for free through local water providers)
- Replace the lid and wait for 10 to 15 minutes ensuring you don’t flush the toilet
- Look in the toilet bowl. If you see coloured water, it is highly likely you have a leak
Mainline Plumbing and Cheap Hot Water and Gas Dunsborough are your reliable professionals for any water leaks.
Do you suspect your toilet is leaking? If so, stop wasting money down the drain. Start saving both water and energy and call the team at Mainline Plumbing and Cheap Hot Water and Gas in Busselton/Dunsborough on 9759 1317.