Practical tips to use water more efficiently at home

Practical tips to use water more efficiently at home

By Ashmeeta Subra  May 22nd, 2024

Water is a precious resource that sustains all life on our planet – yet it is often taken for granted. With Australia facing water challenges, it's crucial to be mindful of our daily water consumption.


Australia is the driest inhabited continent on Earth, experiencing frequent and prolonged droughts impacting agriculture, ecosystems and communities. With climate change exacerbating these issues, every effort to conserve water can make a significant difference to protect this precious resource for everyone.  

Simple changes in our everyday habits, from adjusting the way we shower to how we water our plants, can make a significant impact on the environment. Here are some changes you can make to reduce water usage at home.  

Fix tap leaks as soon as possible 

A running tap that drips once per second could waste up to 20,000 litres of water per year. Fixing leaks as soon as they are spotted can prevent water wastage and reduce your water bill. Check for visible leaks or wrap a paper towel around the tap and leave it for a few hours. If the towel gets damp or changes colour, you've got a leak to fix!  

Install a water-saving shower head 

One of the most effective ways to conserve water at home is by installing a water-saving shower head. These devices are designed to reduce water flow without compromising your usual shower experience, enabling you to you save water with every use.  

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Optimise appliance usage 

Ensure your dishwasher and washing machine are fully loaded before you run them to optimise water usage. Additionally, consider changing the settings to suit the load size and choose shorter, cooler wash cycles whenever possible to reduce water and energy usage.  

For clothes that are only worn lightly, consider airing them out outside or in a well-ventilated area to remove odours and freshen them up, extending wear time between washes. When you do wash clothes, make sure to do full loads for maximum efficiency. 

Install a water tank 

Installing a water tank to collect rainwater is an effective way to gather water to use in your home or garden. This collected rainwater can be used for watering plants, flushing toilets or even washing clothes, reducing your reliance on main water supply. 

Reuse household water 

Consider reusing household water, such as by collecting water from rinsing vegetables to water plants. This practice, known as greywater recycling, can significantly cut down on your overall water use. You can also repurpose this water by using it to rinse any containers or recyclables. 

Do car wash day differently 

If possible, dust your car between washes to avoid frequent washing and excessive water use. You could also wash your car on the lawn to water and fertilise grass at the same time. Many car shampoos contain phosphates that act similarly to fertilisers, benefiting the grass as you clean your vehicle.  

By incorporating these tips into your daily habits, you can make a meaningful difference in conserving water. Every small action adds up and contributes to a more sustainable future for our planet. 


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Ashmeeta Subra

With background in international relations and marketing communications, Ashmeeta is excited to use her skills to encourage positive environmental actions through Planet Ark. She believes that by taking small actions, we can help make a big difference and be good stewards of our planet. Outside of work, she loves spending time in nature and enjoying downtime at the beach.

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