4 Ways to Improve Water Efficiency of Your House for Better Rating
When it comes to greener living, conserving electricity and finding greener methods of generating and using power is a generally the top priority. However, the importance of using water efficiently and not wasting it should not be understated. In fact water saving practices and infrastructure in your home can go a long way in helping you achieve your 6 Star energy rating.
There are a number of appliances, technologies and general lifestyle habits that can be adopted in the home to ensure that water is being used effectively and efficiently. This article will go into a few tips on how to improve water efficiency.
Build A Rainwater Harvesting System
Australia has had its share of drought in recent years and if we've learned anything it's that plentiful rain isn't something we can take for granted. Utilising a rainwater harvesting system is something best installed by your plumber when building your home. It is basically a means of collecting water that runs of your house in tanks, which can vary in size and even be buried underground. Obviously these systems vary in terms of sophistication and complexity, but it's certainly worth asking your builder about your options here.
Install A Greywater System
Again, this is something to consider when you are renovating or building. A greywater system enables you to store water that would otherwise be lost down the drain, so that it can be used for other purposes. Basically, this system enables you to use greywater, bathwater and machine machine water from special taps, avoiding the need to use regular tap water. This means utilising water that may not be safe to drink, but can be used on things like the garden and the toilet.
Invest in Water Conserving Faucets
Water consumption can be reduced quite significantly with the use of low flow faucets that are attached to taps, shower-heads and even toilets. Depending on the quality of the equipment, you may not even notice a difference between before and after applying the faucet. Further, you'll notice that your water bill will be reduced
Use Only What You Need
This may seem overly simplistic, but it really is good advice provided everyone living in your house follows it. Whether it be using the dishwasher, or using a washing machine or washing the car outside, be smart about how you use water. Make sure you have a full load of dishes or clothes before using the machine. Wash your car on the lawn and use water out of the bucket rather than the house. Sweep rather than spraying the leaves off the pavement. Often there are more efficient way to do things that admittedly take some effort, but are well worth it in the long run.
This article has listed a few of the larger factors that can heavily influence your water efficiency in the home, but there are many small things you can do on a day to day basis that can add up! If you're after more information about water and energy efficiency, you would like to speak to an expert energy rating service.