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Indoor Conservation Tips

In the kitchen

  • Make sure your dishwasher is full before turning it on
  • Fix leaking taps
  • Put plug in sink when running water to wash fruits and veggies or for rinsing dishes
  • Avoid using running water to defrost frozen food. Allow it to defrost overnight in the refrigerator or use your microwave to defrost food straight from the freezer.
  • Check all taps are turned off properly
  • Keep a water jug or bottle in your fridge instead of running the tap cold to get a cool drink of water
  • Use a pressure cooker, microwave or steamer to save water. Simmer rather than boil your food and use tight lids to prevent evaporation
  • Water used to cook boiled food can be re-used in soups or casseroles – or let it cool down and use it to water your garden
  • Your plants will appreciate food scraps added to the compost heap! A lot of water is wasted running a waste disposal unit.

In the bathroom

  • Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth or shaving
  • Install a low-flow showerhead
  • Use dual-flush on the toilet or place a filled water bottle in the toilet cistern
  • Have showers instead of baths and keep your shower short
  • Don’t use the toilet to flush items such as tissues or anything else that could go in the rubbish bin
  • Check your toilet for leaks.

In the laundry

  • Make sure you do a full load or use the water filling guide depending on the amount of washing
  • Front-load washing machines use 50 percent less water than top loaders

Outdoor Conservation Tips

In the garden

  • Collect water in drums or tanks from roof run off
  • Minimise evaporation by watering during the early morning
  • Don’t water on windy days: much of the water will evaporate and/or go where you don’t need it
  • Check the forecast - if there's rain ahead, let it water for you
  • Check your garden hose and taps regularly for leaks and use a trigger nozzle on the hose to reduce water loss
  • Use recycled water (also known as grey water) that you have collected in your home to water your garden
  • Use a trigger hose to water the garden, not a sprinkler, to control where and how much water is used. Also, aim for the roots, not the leaves
  • Plant drought-resistant species in your garden. Native plants require less water than exotic plants.

The lawns

  • Do not worry about the lawn drying out over the summer as it will rejuvenate naturally with cooler and wetter weather
  • Do not water your lawn on windy days
  • Wash your car on the lawn so your lawn gets watered too
  • Don’t cut the lawns too short. Lawns with more grass blades will hold water and require less irrigation.

The outdoors

  • Don't hose the dirt off your driveway, use a broom instead
  • Use a bucket to wash the house or windows
  • Make sure you check for leaks consistently and repair if necessary