Water saving tips

Brought to you by Planet Ark and Smart Approved WaterMark

Why save water?

Here at Planet Ark we are always trying to find the positive actions everyone can take to reduce their impact on the environment. Cutting back on your water use not only saves water, but also saves energy, money and the environment. The resources below have been designed to provide you with some easy ways to save water in your home, garden and whilst at work.

Smart Approved WaterMark certify water efficient products and services in Australia and Europe. They also provide advice to communities on saving water around the home, garden and business as part of their Smart Water Advice program. For this reason Planet Ark and Smart Approved WaterMark are combining our efforts to get the message out about how you can reduce your water use and impact on the environment.

Disclaimer: The advice provided has not been verified by Planet Ark. All requests and enquiries about advice provided should be directed to Smart Approved WaterMark

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At home

Tips and advice for reducing water consumption in the home

We use a large amount of water inside the home for washing ourselves, our clothes, brushing our teeth, flushing toilets or cooking. Many people have swimming pools and we all love to wash our cars, both activities using huge quantities of water. This information aims to help you reduce your water use in your home by choosing smart water efficient technology and making small changes to your everyday habits

  • Personal Washing
  • Taps
  • Toilets
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Pool and Spa
  • Car washing
  • Leaks

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Pool & Spa Products

Swimming pools use a huge amount of water, but if they are designed well to use rainwater and protected with a Smart WaterMark pool cover they don't have to be wasteful.

  • Check out our pool covers that reduce evaporation and conserve chemicals, heat and water as well as your maintenance costs.
  • See how you can capture rainfall to refill your pool and reduce backwash on your filter.

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Bathroom Products

  • Hot showers cost a lot to run, in fact they account for around 30% of a home's water and energy expenses making it one of the most expensive appliances in the home, that's more than stoves, lighting, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers.
  • Take control of long shower times in your home with timer and see how you can conserve water and save on your utility bills

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In the garden

Guide to water efficient gardening.

Outdoor water use accounts for 25-50% of the average Australian home's water use and is an area where huge amounts of water are wasted.

  • Mulch and composting
  • How much to water?
  • Using rainwater
  • Using greywater
  • Grass types
  • When to make garden changes
  • Irrigation techniques

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Mulching and Soil Care Products

Mulch is an essential component of maintaining a water efficient garden. The basic rule is any mulch is better than no mulch.

  • Mulching your garden will save water by reducing evaporation from the soil.
  • It also keeps the soil cool and helps control weed growth.
  • Soil comes in many forms and depending on where you are it may need a bit more help to be healthy so you might want to use soil amendment products or wetting agents to see your garden thrive.

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Watering Products

  • 50% of household water used is in the garden so save water and money with water efficient sprays, rotors, irrigation systems, sprinklers and trigger nozzle hoses.
  • Check out the best time to water and how much and how often as it all makes a difference to water saved.

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At work

Adopting water efficient practices in your business can save you money, as well as water. There are many opportunities to reduce the water used in businesses across Australia. It may be on the production line, in the office or perhaps the kitchen and bathrooms of your workplace. Find out how you can reduce the water consumption of your business.

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Cleaning Products

  • Water efficient cleaning products are just one way to save water at work.
  • Some of these approved products offer businesses cost savings and productivity gains by using less water, which means significant chemical and labour cost savings and simplified operation and maintenance

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Irrigation Control Products

  • If you want to make watering your garden easy even if you have a lot of different types of plants to water then consider an irrigation system that automates it for you.
  • Many approved products allow you to control your irrigation system from anywhere, using an app on your smartphone.
  • Others use local weather data from the internet to fine-tune your irrigation system to water only when necessary, saving up to 50% on your watering bills.

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