A household in Australia consumes about 900 litres of water, an average of 340 litres of water per person each day. You can reduce your water usage, and also save on your next water bill when you invest in some simple water saving devices.
The outcome spent on these water saving devices will return after a few months, and you’ll feel good about saving the planet!
We’ve put together a list of inexpensive items that you can buy to save you money on your water bill, without the need to hire a professional to install. You can simply install them yourself with the tools you probably already own.
Change Your Faucet Aerators
This is the most effective and easiest way to lower your water consumption. Faucet Aerators can control the flow of water through your faucet and it can reduce water usage up to as much as 50%.
Aerators don’t just save water, they can also reduce the natural gas and electricity cost involved with water heating; you can save on your electricity bills when you have this installed.
Faucet Aerators and Shower Heads
Bathroom Aerators: A regular aerator in the bathroom is 9.5 lpm (litres per minute). You can see the rated flow rate indicated on the side. You should install a new aerator that has a 5.67 lpm or less, this can save you thousands of gallons of water yearly.
Kitchen Aerators: Kitchen faucets demand a higher flow rate than bathroom faucets. It is recommended to have a 8.32 lpm or below.
Installing faucet aerators is simple, but make sure you turn your water off for the entire house first before you start! Use a wrench to unscrew counter-clockwise the nut that’s holding the old shower head or faucet. You can finish unscrewing it with your fingers. Twist the new aerator in place clockwise with your wrench, and you’re good to go!
If your old aerator does not unscrew, think about buying a new faucet especially if your old one uses more than 9.5 lpm. The expense will soon make up for the cost of the new faucet with savings on your water bill.
Shower Heads: Aerating shower heads and non-aerating shower heads are the two kinds of low-flow shower heads. With an aerating shower head, air is combined with water. With the non-aerating shower head, air is not used but instead it pulses to keep the pressure strong.
The standard flow rate for shower heads is 9.5 lpm. But you can change your shower head with a 5.67 lpm while still having a normal shower with lesser water usage so you can save money monthly on your water bills.
Install a Dual-Flush Toilet
Dual flush toilets handle solid and liquid waste differently. It features two flushing options, one for half flush for liquid waste it uses about 5 to 6 litres per flush, and one for full-flush for solid waste which uses 3 litres per flush.
However, if your toilet doesn’t have this feature, you can use a dual flush conversion kit which can be installed easily without replacing your toilet. There are many dual conversion kits available in local hardware stores or online.
You can convert your toilet to dual flush without using any tools. You simply just have to remove the old flapper chain and handle, then slid the bottom part of the kit where the old flapper was located. This can save you up to $100 annually on you water bills.
There are many other ways and devices you can use that could save you money on your water bills. There’s the good old shower timer, where you time yourself when showering. There’s the toilet tank bank, an inflatable device that can shrink the tank size of the toilet and reduce the amount of water that goes down the tube every time you flush.
Your water and electricity bills will be less costly once you invested in these devices. The outcome spent will return after a few months later, and you’ll feel good about saving the planet!
Do you have any other tips on how to save money on your water bill? Let us know in the comments section.