Australia is one of the driest continents on Earth, yet Aussies are some of the world’s biggest water users. That’s great news for us working in the Sydney plumbing service, but not such great news for the environment. Did you know that the amount of household water used in the average Australian city each day could fill the equivalent of 1,000 Olympic swimming pools? That’s a lot of water.
We know water useage is a major factor to global warming, and we know many of our clients are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Luckily, there are plenty of easy, inexpensive things you can do around your home to minimise the amount of water you use.
Not so hot
Avoid using hot water when you don’t really need to. Wash your clothes in cold water whenever possible, and replace your old washing machine with a new, more efficient model – this could save you around two-thirds of your water usage!I Use a thermostat to set your water heater to no more than 70 degrees (plenty warm enough for a nice hot shower!), and if your water heater is old it might pay to have it insulated to stop the heat escaping – this can make a big saving on your energy usage. If you think you might have a fault with your hot water system, like a potential tank leak or if it’s on the fritz, have your Sydney plumbing service take a look at options to repair, before replacement.
Switch to gas water heating.
If you’re in an area with mains gas connection, switch to a gas heating system for your hot water rather than electricity. As we talked about in our ‘Pros and Cons of Gas Heating’ post, there are many benefits to using gas and not only will you save on your energy bill, but you will also be doing your part to reduce global warming. Purchasing the unit initially can be a little pricey, but they are so much cheaper in the long run. Talk to our team of accredited gas fitters to find out if your area has a mains gas service.
Use your head:
Installing an AAA-rated showerhead can help reduce your water consumption significantly, and switching to a dual flush toilet will mean you’re using much less water too. In fact, AAA-rated toilets use 60% less water than a standard single flush toilet. If you’re interested in replacing your showerhead or toilet system, our Sydney plumbing service team can talk you through the options.
No more drips:
Did you know that the average household’s leaking taps will amount to the same amount of water wasted in a year as it would take to wash 270 loads of washing? There are plenty of reasons why you might have dripping taps – it might simply be a washer that needs replacing, a loose part, corroded valve or worn out seal. Whatever the cause, our team of North Shore plumbers will be able to fix it.
Waste not, want not:
Don’t use more water than you need. Only use the dishwasher when it’s full, adjust your water level on your washing machine if you’re not doing a whole load, and don’t fill up the entire kitchen sink when you’ve only got a handful of dishes to do. You’d be surprised with how much water you’ll save!
Making simple changes in your household can have a significant impact on your water use, and in turn make for a healthier environment. At Tai Irwin Plumbing, your local Sydney plumbing service, we love sharing our water saving tips and helping our clients do their part to slow global warming. Give our expert North Shore plumbing team a call today to find out more.