Whilst the cost of living is still creeping up there are ways that you can reduce your household bills, saving water in the home and garden no only saves you money but it is much friendlier on the environment.
You first need to know how your water bills are calculated, If you dont have a water meter you will be charged a set amount for the water your use and sewerage services regardless of the amount of water you actually use, if you have a water meter you will be charged per cubic metre for the amount of water you use as well as a sewerage charge which is about calculated at about 95% of the water your household has used.
If you are on a water meter there are a few ways that you can save water at home, a few small changes can add up to a lot of water over the course of a year.
- Fix leaks: Regularly check for leaks in faucets, toilets, and pipes, as even small leaks can waste significant amounts of water over time. Repair any leaks promptly.
-Collect rainwater: Install a water butt, rain barrel or collection system to harvest rainwater for watering plants and gardens. This can reduce your reliance on tap water for outdoor use.
-Water-efficient landscaping: Opt for plants that require less water to thrive in your garden. Group plants with similar water needs together and use mulch to retain moisture in the soil.
-Avoid watering during peak sunlight hours to minimize evaporation.
-Opt for full loads: When using dishwashers and washing machines, make sure to run them with full loads. This maximizes their efficiency and reduces the number of cycles required.
-Collect and reuse water: Consider collecting water from activities like washing fruits or vegetables and use it to water plants instead of letting it go down the drain.
-Use water-efficient practices: Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or washing dishes. Don't let the water run continuously, and only use what you need.
-Monitor your water usage: Keep track of your water consumption by regularly checking your water meter. This helps you identify any sudden spikes and allows you to take corrective action.
By implementing these water-saving tips, you can reduce your water consumption, contribute to water conservation efforts, and save money on your water bill.