Inside the home

Inside the home

Take action

  1. Stop leaks and drips
  2. Reduce water use
  3. Collecting and using grey water

Stop leaks and drips

Dripping taps : Would you pour 18,000 litres of water down the drain?  Didn’t think so!  If you have ever left a tap dripping tap for an extended time this is exactly what may as well do?  A dripping tap wastes around 2 litres of water every hour – which is about 18,000 litres per year.  And this doesn’t take into account the energy wasted if it is the hot water tap.  This can be easily fixed by changing the tap washer – check out this video tutorial  from Green It Yourself.   

Reduce water usage

Appliances : Did you know water efficient appliances can save 1000s of litres of water!  Water shortages and the longer-term security of water supply are serious concerns for Australia. The Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Scheme labels a range of products for water efficiency, helping Australian households to save water and money.  Although the rebates for swapping to water efficient appliances lapsed recently, the Government has programs for using water wisely.

Flow restrictors : An ordinary household tap can flow at up to 22 litres of water per minute. One of the simplest things you can around the home is install a flow controller on each of your taps. This can save up to 18 litres of water per minute.  View this video tutorial to find out how.

Washing Vegetables : When washing vegetables from the garden in the kitchen sink, why not collect the water and re-use it, maybe on the vegetable garden!  Check out these tips for saving water in the kitchen..

Showerheads : Shortening your shower is the easiest way to save water!  Changing your showerhead to a water efficient model is another and can save 1000’s of litres year as well as reduce energy costs.  Have a look at the Central Highlands Water Showerhead Exchange Program to organise to change over your old showehead.  Then check out this Video Tutorial to find out how to change the old one over for the to the new one.

Toilets : Did you know an efficient toilet can save up to 35,000 litres each year… switch today.  If you have an old fashioned toilet, have a look at these options…

  • Central Highlands Water  Toilet Replacement Program
  • Don’t want to change your toilet over?  It might sound strange, but putting a brick in your cistern is an easy and cheap way of reducing the amount of water used per flush in old fashioned toilets.
  • Check that your cistern isn’t leaking, it’s easy!  Simply put some food dye into the top of the cistern – then come back and check the colour of the water in the bowl.  If it is leaking slowly the food dye will have travelled down into the toilet bowl itself.  If this has happened – have a look at this video to find out how easy it is to fix it (Link to CHW video).

Waterless toilets: Toilets that use no water for flushing can have lower environmental impacts even compared to water efficient toilets and recycling wastewater. They can also save you money on your water bill. Your Home technical manual has information on Low impact toilets.