5 Handy Water Saving Tips (Melbourne) You Can Try Around the Home
Thanks to organisations and individuals who make it their life’s work to spread awareness about the need to preserve the environment, there is a bounty of information found online and in more traditional media channels about the different ways that people can do their part to protect the Earth’s natural resources.
Water is one of these resources that must be conserved at all costs—people absolutely need it in order to survive. The fortunate thing about this is that you don’t need to join a high-profile organisation or shout out your advocacy in the streets to conserve water. By making simple changes to your practices and routines where you live, you can contribute to the community’s collective responsibility to save as much water as possible.
Here are five handy water saving tips Melbourne homeowners can try today:
Address leaking taps and other fixtures immediately. You may only be hearing a slow drip, drip, drip from your kitchen sink or the showerhead in your bathroom upstairs, but over an extended period, leaks like this can lead to around 20,000 litres of water wasted each year.
Choose a toilet with water-saving features. If you have an old toilet, you can make it more efficient with this method: Take two plastic bottles, fill the bottom with stones (up to an inch or two), fill them with water, and then place the bottles inside the tank. This helps the toilet use up less water each time you flush. If you’re replacing an old toilet, on the other hand, choose a new model with a dual flush system—it can help save up to 35,000 litres per year.
Wash your car or bike on the lawn. Use a sponge and a bucket to wash these instead of a hose, and rinse them over the grass so that it gets watered at the same time.
Pick plants for your garden that are right for local growing conditions. Replace non-indigenous plants, which may require more water to become used to the Australian climate, with local varieties. This way, you won’t have to use up as much water to nourish your lawn and garden.
Reuse waste water wherever possible. Any time you save some water, like after washing dishes or rinsing vegetables, find a way to reuse the water instead of throwing it out.
Encouraging the whole family to follow these recommendations can help make your household a more enlightened and environmentally responsible one.