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.
- 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.
- 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.