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Whether you are motivated by saving money or the planet, a great way to have an impact is to reduce your water consumption.  Here are 15 water-saving tips to keep your pockets and tank full.

  • Turn the water off when you’re washing your hands and lathering them
     
  • Shower instead of having a bath – a full tub requires a lot more water
     
  • Use leftover water from rinsing fruit and vegetables to water your houseplants
     
  • Wash darker clothes in cold water.  Not only does it save water and energy, but it helps your clothes retain their colour
     
  • When washing dishes, fill your sink with soapy water, rather than running the tap.   If you have a double sink, consider filling the other bowl with clean rinse water for clearing off suds
     
  • Refilling a water bottle each day cuts down on the number of glasses to wash
     
  • Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrub them clean
     
  • Reuse the leftover water from cooked or steamed foods to make a healthy soup
     
  • Using the right size pan saves unnecessary water wastage
     
  • Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you could save over 600 litres per month.  Try to keep your shower under 5 minutes
     
  • When running a bath, put in the plug before turning on the water.  You can adjust the temperature as the tub fills
     
  • Turning off the tap while you brush your teeth can save up to 900 litres a week for a family of four
     
  • Plug the sink when you shave to save up to 1300 litres a month
     
  • Run your washer and dishwasher only when they are full instead of half loads
    .
  • Don’t throw away your pet’s old water – feed it to the garden plants instead
     
  • If your toilet has a dual flush function, use the smaller flush whenever possible.  A brick or 'save-a-flush' bag in the toilet cistern can further help to lower the water used per flush 
     
  • Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. If a pipe were to burst, this could save litres of water and prevent damage

Whether you are motivated by saving money or the planet, a great way to have an impact is to reduce your water consumption.  Here are 15 water-saving tips to keep your pockets and tank full.

  • Turn the water off when you’re washing your hands and lathering them
     
  • Shower instead of having a bath – a full tub requires a lot more water
     
  • Use leftover water from rinsing fruit and vegetables to water your houseplants
     
  • Wash darker clothes in cold water.  Not only does it save water and energy, but it helps your clothes retain their colour
     
  • When washing dishes, fill your sink with soapy water, rather than running the tap.   If you have a double sink, consider filling the other bowl with clean rinse water for clearing off suds
     
  • Refilling a water bottle each day cuts down on the number of glasses to wash
     
  • Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrub them clean
     
  • Reuse the leftover water from cooked or steamed foods to make a healthy soup
     
  • Using the right size pan saves unnecessary water wastage
     
  • Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you could save over 600 litres per month.  Try to keep your shower under 5 minutes
     
  • When running a bath, put in the plug before turning on the water.  You can adjust the temperature as the tub fills
     
  • Turning off the tap while you brush your teeth can save up to 900 litres a week for a family of four
     
  • Plug the sink when you shave to save up to 1300 litres a month
     
  • Run your washer and dishwasher only when they are full instead of half loads
    .
  • Don’t throw away your pet’s old water – feed it to the garden plants instead
     
  • If your toilet has a dual flush function, use the smaller flush whenever possible.  A brick or 'save-a-flush' bag in the toilet cistern can further help to lower the water used per flush 
     
  • Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. If a pipe were to burst, this could save litres of water and prevent damage