9 Water Saving Tips from Foleys

21 February 2024

Households in New Zealand use, on average, around 281.8 litres of water per day. Moreover, most households with three or more people spend above $1,000 per year to heat their water using electricity. However, there is ample room for improvement when it comes to water conservation, especially if you’re on a water meter.

By reducing water consumption, you can cut down on bill and minimise the impact on Aotearoa’s precious environment. Fortunately, many water-saving techniques come at little or no cost and can make a significant difference.

Why Water Conservation Matters

Monthly water bill: Who wouldn’t want to save a few extra dollars? By installing water-efficient taps and showers, you can reduce the amount of heated water you use. Did you know that a 15-minute shower costs around $1.00 versus a 5-minute shower costing just 33 cents. Reducing your family’s shower time can save you up to $900 per year! 

Environmental impact: As the population grows, so does our demand for water. Being more mindful about water usage can alleviate the strain on our lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. Water conservation is crucial for preserving the ecosystems and habitats that depend on our water sources.

Sustainability: Fresh water is already a limited resource, so we must learn to conserve it! Using water wisely in our homes, gardens, and workplaces can make our reserves more resilient to the impacts of climate change, particularly droughts. Consider adding a reverse osmosis system to save drinking water and purify it simultaneously.

How to Save Water at Home and in Your Workplace

We’ve complied some of our best water-saving tips to help you reduce your water consumption at home, in your garden, and at your workplace. Even small changes can make a significant daily difference, benefiting both your wallet and Aotearoa’s precious water resources.

Reduce shower time: If possible, opt for showers instead of baths. A full bath uses about 90 litres of water, while a 5-minute shower uses around half of that. Like we said earlier, setting a timer for 5-minute showers and your family could save up to $900 per year.

Check for leaks and drips: Regularly inspect your home for leaky toilets and dripping faucets. A single dripping faucet can waste 15 litres of water per day, while a leaking toilet can waste an average of around 400 litres of water per day. If you suspect a leak in your bathroom or elsewhere in your home, consider professional leak repair services for a prompt solution!

Avoid running taps: Turn off the taps while brushing your teeth, washing dishes, or scrubbing your hands to save up to 9 litres of water per minute.

Install a dual-flush toilet: Reduce your toilet’s water consumption by more than half by investing in a dual-flush toilet. Choose between a full flush (around 6 litres) and a half flush (3 litres) to significantly cut your water use.

Use the full capacity of your dishwasher and washing machine: Maximise each load by filling your dishwasher or washing machine to capacity. Avoid half-filled loads to reduce water wastage and lower your energy bill.

Opt for a water-saving showerhead: In addition to taking shorter showers, you can save even more water by using water-saving showerheads. Aerated showerheads mix air with water, providing a similar shower experience while using only about 6 litres of water per minute compared to the 15 litres used by regular showerheads.

Limit the use of pressure washers: While pressure washers are convenient, they consume a significant amount of water and should be used sparingly or avoided altogether. However, if you must, invest in a newer, more water-efficient model.

Look for water-saving gadgets: There are plenty of water saving gadgets out there, such as tap aerators, plant water-saving gels, leak detectors, and water butts. Take advantage of these options to conserve water and save money.

Evaluate water efficiency of your appliances and fixtures: If you are thinking about purchasing a new dishwasher or washing machine, or if you want to assess the efficiency of your current appliances look for those with an Energy Star rating. They use much less water than regular models. Check the water consumption figure to see how much water the appliance uses annually. Washing machines using less than 50 litres of water per load and dishwashers using 10 litres of water per cycle are considered water efficient.

Key Takeaways

  1. Check your water metre to gain insight into your water usage and save more.
  2. Upgrade old appliances to energy and water efficient models for savings on both your utility bills and environmental benefits.
  3. Be mindful of water use by turning off taps when not needed, taking shorter showers, and addressing leaks promptly.
  4. Inspect your home for leaks and get them fixed to avoid wasting water and money.

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