12 April 2024

Water Conservation Series – Water Saving Tips in the Bathroom

Throughout a twenty-four-hour day we all frequent the bathroom, often without much thought to how much water we use. Have you ever paused to consider just how much water we could be losing down the drain, and ultimately what this could be costing?

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In this instalment on water conservation, we will explore some facts about water usage in an average household and share some simple yet effective tips to help you save water, time, and money.

The Hand Basin:

A cornerstone of our daily routines. Here is how you can make it more water-efficient:

  • When brushing your teeth, consider turning off the tap except during rinse times.
  • When shaving in the sink, turn off the tap. Alternatively, fill the sink with warm water to rinse your razor. An electric razor is a water-efficient solution eliminating the need for shaving cream or gel.

The Shower:

A daily routine for many, showers can be significant water consumers. A ten-minute shower could use up to 200 litres of water! Here is how you can cut back:

  • Aim to reduce shower duration, even by a minute or two. Showers under 5 minutes could save you a substantial amount of water!
  • Invest in high-efficiency showerhead for a more enjoyable and water-conscious experience.

The Bath:

For many, there is nothing quite like a leisurely soak in the tub. It can be water efficient by the following:

  • Plug the bath before running the tap or collect the icy water to repurpose for drinking or watering plants.
  • Consider reducing the bath depth to half full to conserve water and minimise spillage.

The Toilet:

A significant contributor with flushing accounting up to 30 percent of a household’s water usage. Here is how you can reduce this:

  • Opt for dual flush systems, which use significantly less. A dual flush on average uses 5 litres of water per flush compared to 11 litres used by an older style flush.
  • Explore simple solutions like placing a water-filled bottle in the toilet cistern to reduce the volume of water stored in the cistern.

The Washing Machine:

An essential appliance with varying water consumption rates. An average front loader uses 50 litres and around 120-150 litres for a top loader per normal load, with those facts its essential the washing machine is made more efficient:

  • Ensure you have a decent load before running the washing machine.
  • Hang towels to dry for reuse and consider investing in a front-loading washing machine for water efficiency.

In conclusion, not only is mindful usage important but just as important is to regularly check for leakages and promptly address them. 

Capturing and reusing any leaked water offers significant benefits. Considering the escalating cost of living, exploring solutions like water storage tanks can lessen the impact. 

If you’re considering investing in a rainwater tank and need assistance, contact us at Orion Australia. Every drop saved benefits you and contributes to the preservation of our environment!