Using a large amount of water can have serious consequences for the environment. Besides, the more water you use in your home, the higher your energy bills. If homeowners and businesses take measures to conserve water, therefore reducing water demand, it can help the environment in a number of ways.
It takes a large amount of energy to source and then process the water that we use. By conserving water in your home, you are contributing to the effort to reduce energy output. A side effect of these efforts is decreased emissions of greenhouse gases.
Over the span of the year, you can begin to see reductions in energy costs. With a clear plan and buy-in from everyone in the household, effective water conservation is achievable. There are six stages to conserving water at home. It may take some minor DIY and renovations but the eventual savings and contribution towards protecting the environment is worth the effort.
Water Efficient Appliances
Did you know that there are appliances and fittings that make showers, toilets, faucets and other appliances that use water more efficient? You can significantly reduce the amount of water that these appliances use with water-efficient replacements. The initial costs are eventually offset by the money you will recoup from energy savings.
If you love your New South Wales garden, think about the environmental impact of having water-hungry plants. Species that require less water and are already equipped for the local environment will help you save on watering. Seek information from reliable gardening sources. You will likely find that you have been overwatering most of your plants.
If you can do without some or all of the paving on your property, it is time for a clear-out. Most paving materials result in increased heat radiation which isn’t ideal in the summer. Additionally, water does not effectively runoff when there is paving in the way. That water would be put to better use by feeding root systems and the lawn on your property.
If you like to keep your outdoor equipment, furniture and appliances clean, take advantage of water use by cleaning on the lawn. Try to use as little water as possible when cleaning as a running hose can waste 6 gallons of water every minute. If you can use a bucket of water for cleaning and another for rinsing you will significantly reduce water waste.
Sweep Paths & Drives
Again, using a hose to clean paths and driveways is a major waste of water. Besides, it typically results in dirty water drying on the surface and looking worse than before. Sweep these areas with a hard brush instead of using water. It is a much more efficient way to clean paths and drives, and you won’t need to worry about wasting gallons of water.
Use recycled or collected water where possible. It is important to install a rainwater tank that effectively filters water. Only use greywater for systems such as the washing machine and toilet. You can also feed your plants and lawn with treated greywater.
If you are planning major renovations to improve water conservation in your home, speak to the experts at Houspect in New South Wales for professional building inspections.