Saving water in the home

In the kitchen

  • Use a plug when you're washing up – and look after our sewerage system by using a sink strainer to capture things that belong in the bin not down the drain.

  • By starting with a 3-star kitchen tap, you'll have enough flow to fill your sink, saucepan or water jug quickly. But you'll also save water every time you wash your hands or anything else.

    Remember, every inefficient or leaking tap that uses hot water is also wasting energy.

In the laundry

  • Just like in your kitchen, your taps and appliances can provide the biggest water savings in the laundry.

  • The key to water efficiency is a combination of a 3-star laundry tap and at least a 4-star, front loading washing machine. Together, these can save you about 18,000 litres of water each year.

  • Considering the number of times you use hot water in the laundry, you can also make significant energy savings when you switch to efficient taps and appliances.

  • Beware of combination washer-dryers. These machines save space, but some models can be big water users. 

  • Condenser dryers rely on a constant flow of cool water to remove excess heat and evaporated moisture during the drying cycle. The water used for this cooling process isn't reclaimed or stored, it just runs to the drain.

In the bathroom

  • Change to a 3-star showerhead and you could save $50 to $100 a year in water and energy costs. 

  • Consider installing a flow controller if you don’t want to change your showerhead. It doesn't change the look of your existing showerhead and provides an efficient flow.

  • Choose new 3-star taps, including lever, mixer and quarter-turn styles. They use about half the amount of water as a standard tap.

  • Fit an aerator to your tap if you don’t want to change its look. Aerators reduce the flow of water without reducing the pressure. They can reduce the amount of water you use by more than 50%.

  • Change your single flush toilet to a 4-star dual flush toilet and you'll save about 25,000 litres of water a year.

  • Make your single flush toilet more water efficient by adjusting the float valve in the cistern or installing a cistern weight. Adjusting the float valve will reduce the amount of water needed to fill your cistern for each flush. Using a cistern weight means you control how much water is used for each flush when you hold the button down.

  • Check your toilet isn't leaking. Place a small piece of dry toilet paper at the back of the toilet bowl and check that it stays dry until the next flush. You can also place some drops of food dye in the cistern. Toilet cisterns shouldn't release any water between flushes. A leaking toilet can waste over 16,000 litres of water a year.

  • Ensure the plugs in your bath and basin don't leak. Buy new plugs if the existing ones don't completely seal the drain.

  • Don't leave the basin tap running while you brush your teeth. Fill a glass for rinsing your mouth and the basin.

  • When soaping your hands, turn off the water while you lather.

  • Don't leave the tap running while having a shave. Half-fill the basin with water for rinsing your face and the razor.

  • Reuse tap water by keeping a container in your basin. Use the water later on garden beds and pot plants.

  • An instantaneous hot water heater will ensure water stays hot, reducing the need to waste water as you wait for it to heat up.

  • Look into purchasing taps fitted with infra-red sensors that only run the water when your hands are under the tap.