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Making use of the improvements in technology and keeping
your fixtures updated are great ways to save water
Last week we talked about how you
can save water and money by updating your toilets, showers and
washing machines thanks to the WELS Act which was implemented in 2005.
This week we'll look at a few other water (and money) saving tips
involving the humble dishwasher, tap aerators and home rainwater tanks.
A lot of dishwasher manufacturers are now using their products' water
saving capabilities as a marketing tool. It might be difficult to
believe but many of the new water-efficient dishwashers actually use
less water than doing the dishes by hand. These water-efficient models
can save an average household around 8,000 litres of water per annum.
That's a huge amount of water. Look for a dishwasher with six stars on
the WELS rating, and only run your dishwasher when it's full to make
the most of these savings.
Taps are also another area with the potential for huge savings. Even
just a simple leaking tap can waste as much as a litre of water every
hour. You can reduce normal water flow by using tap aerators or low
flow taps. These are cheap to install and can reduce your water usage
from 18 litres per minute to two litres per minute.
Over the past couple of years more and more people have been
installing home rainwater tanks. Make use of the collected rainwater
to water the garden during summer and connect it up to the house for
your toilet flushing and laundry needs during winter.
Making use of the improvements in technology and keeping your
fixtures updated are great ways to save water, and you can really make
your water usage a lot more efficient. But it also comes down to how
you think about water usage. It's amazing how much water we can save
simply by being more conscious about water wastage. Simple things like
running the tap at half flow when you're just washing your hands,
taking shorter showers and pre-rinsing your dishes in a sink filled
with water rather than rinsing them under the running tap.
TAFE has been quick to catch on with the need to educate plumbers on
environmentally-friendly plumbing methods and has been a big part of
increasing awareness in the plumbing industry. By including the
teaching of green plumbing methods, TAFE has helped to ensure that
plumbers in Australia are applying these skills on-the-job and
educating customers on ways they can save both water and money.