6 December 2019

Top five ways to save water this summer

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Only start the dishwasher once it is full

Only starting your dishwasher when it is full is one of Icon Water’s top 5 water-saving tips. Photo: Supplied.

We all want to save water. Not only is it good for your wallet and the environment, when it’s hot and dry saving water benefits the whole community.

Icon Water thinks about water a lot. Here are our top five tips for using less and making the most of the water in your home.

These tips can not only save a lot of water but they’re also easy to include in your everyday life.

Think you can do better?

Icon Water is asking for your best water-saving ideas and every tip is in the running for a weekly $100 Bunnings gift card all through summer! Simply post your tip on Facebook and tag @iconwatercbr to enter or go to the Icon Water website.

Tip One: Water wisely

Dripping system

Dripping systems get water straight to where it’s needed.

The biggest savings you can make are in the garden. Stick to the Water Conservation Measures and only use sprinklers or irrigation before 9:00 am and after 6:00 pm. Extra points if you use a drip system – it’s water straight to where it’s needed (and don’t forget to mulch – it can prevent 70 per cent of evaporation!).

Tip Two: Turn off the tap

Turn the tap off when you brush your teeth

Turn the tap off when you brush your teeth.

Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth and you’ll save 10 litres a minute.

When you rinse veggies in the sink, use a bowl. And if you wash your car, use a bucket – not a hose – and do it on the lawn, please, to make the most of the water you do use.

Tip Three: Fix those leaks

Fix your leaking taps

Fixing leaking taps around the house can save thousands of litres a year.

A leaking toilet can waste thousands of litres a year and dripping taps are not much better. Learn how to read your water meter and check for leaks.

If you need help fixing leaks, call a plumber.

Tip Four: Fill ‘er up

Make sure your washing machine and dishwasher are full before you switch them on – and if you’re buying a new appliance make sure it’s a water-efficient model (check out the WELS star rating – six stars is the best).

Tip Five: Use it twice

Catch water in a bucket

Catch the extra water in a bucket and use it on your garden.

Catch water in a bucket while you wait for the water to heat up in the bathroom or kitchen, then use it on the garden. If you’re keen, a greywater system can help you reuse tens of thousands of litres of water per year from the bath, shower or washing machine.

For many more good ideas, follow Icon Water on social media, visit the Icon Water website and don’t forget to send through your own great ideas for saving water for your chance to win.

Top 5 tips to save water this summer

Do you have a water-saving tip? Post your tip on Facebook and tag Icon Water to go in the running to win a $100 Bunnings gift card.

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