We all know that we should save water at home. In fact, many Australians are already taking small (or big!) steps to ensure they minimise your water use or wastage, which is not only good news for your pocket but the environment as well.

Here are 7 easy ways that you can save water at home.

 1) Add A Water Saver To Your Toilet

One of the easiest ways you can save water is to add a water saver to your toilet cistern. Ideally, every household should install low flush toilets but we understand it can be expensive to replace entire toilets.

That’s why adding a water saver to your toilet cistern is a cheap and simple way to save money with every flush.

2) Fix Leaks

As soon as you notice a leak, get it fixed! To save water, don’t let taps drip for weeks until it annoys you. Every drop adds up and getting leaks attended to as soon as they start will save you both money and water.

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3) Water Your Garden In The Evenings

One of the simplest tips to save water in the garden is to water your garden in the evening. During the summer months, you’re usually limited to watering your garden before 9am or after 6pm.

Always pick evening watering times. This allows all the water to be absorbed overnight when the weather is cooler.

Watering your garden in the morning in summer means that some of the water will evaporate before it has a chance to be soaked up by your grass and plants, so it is effectively wasted.

Take Shorter Showers

Simple, yet important: take shorter showers. Most of us think we shower quickly, but next time you hop in the shower, set a timer and you’ll see just how long you really take.

Reduce your showering time by a minute and you can shave litres off your usage. If you have an older showerhead, it may be using as much as 15-20 litres of water per minute. Times that by the number of people in your house and that’s a lot of water each day you could be saving.

Cover Your Pool

Adding a cover to your swimming pool will help to prevent water wastage through evaporation.

Not only will this reduce your water usage (as you won’t need to top up your pool as much), but it will keep your pool warmer without having to use any other form of energy and also minimise algae growth.

Get A Rainwater Tank

Install a rainwater tank and collect rainwater which can be used to water your garden. You can even hook it up to use as grey water for flushing your toilets.

Fill Your Dishwasher

A great way to save water is to not run your dishwasher until it’s full. It will reduce your water and electricity usage – saving your wallet on two bills!

And always check the water usage on dishwashers before you buy them.

Top tips provided by: Perth-Fection Plumbing 

  • Always trying to save water and hoping the bill is down now the rains are here

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  • Always trying to save water thanks for the tips. Thanks for sharing

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  • I am so conscious about saving water and have been for around 15 years. I don’t hang around in the shower and I have cut my hair washing days down from every day to every three or four days. I stop and think about whether I really need to do a load of washing or whether I can hang out for another day or so to ensure there is a full load. The water from the washing machine is fed out to the lawn and gardens which reduces the need to water. The dishwasher goes on every second day. So, we’re getting there by saving as much water as we can.

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  • some great ideas in the article and more great ones in the comments – I love the jug by the sink while waiting for the hot water to come through the pipes – I will be adopting that this year – I might even look into the toilet water saver too – thank you for a timely article given the current state of our country.

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  • Some good tips. I always try to water the garden at night. We opt to not worry about having green green grass out the front in summer as it’s so expensive to maintain. One little bit of rain (When we get some) and it bounces back.

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  • Love this but would love some tips for those renting as we can’t get things like rain water tanks and dishwashers installed to help out.

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  • Thanks for some great tips. We keep a jug near the kitchen sink and fill it while waiting for the water to warm to then wash the dishes in. The jug of water is then used through the day to fill up the kettle for coffees etc.

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  • We always do not waste water and try our best to save water in the kitchen and bathroom.

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  • Most of our downpipes were connected to rainwater tanks including our garages. We had a special tap in the laundry that we could put rainwater into our washing machine. Rainwater was also plumbed through to our kitchen sink. Some of the rinse water from the washing machine was used for watering our garden. I know of one farm that they use only rainwater for their toilet and the cistern is dual flush. A lot of people who live on farms are more water savvy than those who have access to mains water. Bath and shower (it is over the bath) drains out onto the garden. They are very careful what soaps, detergents they use that goes onto their garden. On farms “in the olden days” water was often used more than once before it reached the garden. Some of the bath water would be used to wash the floors, then the remainder of what was in the bucket would go on the garden

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  • Saving Water is one way we can help preserve our precious resources. I love reading the tips, I often find that I am already doing most of them but love to read articles like this to see if I can learn something new or learn a new tip.


    • I am the same as you, and every now and again something will pop up I haven’t heard of doing before and I get all excited lol

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  • I do all of the above and also make sure my washing machine is full of clothes as well. It is a fuzzy logic machine so you only use as much water as is necessary, but many small washes still would use more water than one big one.
    Shower water is used in our garden and our down pipes have been diverted to the front lawn, rather than going into the sewer.
    We usually only use the 155litres per person per day rarely if we have visitors otherwise its way under.

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  • Most of this is common sense. I always water the garden in the evenings in hot weather but I read that it also attracts slugs and snails more. Mulching the garden is also important to keep moisture in.

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  • We all should be doing this with the water problems we have

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  • Great tips. We have veggie gardens that require a bit more watering so we installed a second water tank with a dripper hose that goes across the beds so we are only using rainwater to water our garden.

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  • I’m loving reading all these tips. I have a pool & the amount of evaporation that occurs is crazy so covering the pool is a great tip!

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