1. In the market to buy a new dishwasher?  Your dishwasher is the highest consumer of water in the kitchen, so make sure you install a water efficient model.  Compare WELS labels to ensure water efficiency and long-term savings.  Dishwashers can achieve up to a six star rating.
  2. When using the bathtub, check the temperature as you fill it up. This avoids wasting water by adding extra water to get the right temperature once the bath is full.
  3. Don’t wash your dish under the tap before putting them in the dishwasher.  Just scrap excess food off the plate and let the dishwasher do the rest.
  4. When it is time to replace your washing machine, consider buying a water efficient front loading washing machine.  These machines save 10 litres of water each wash.
  5. Save energy by insulating your hot water pipes. This avoids wasting water while waiting for hot water to flow through and saves energy.
  6. Invest in a rainwater tank.  With many designs and sizes available to suit almost every space and style (and budget), tanks can be plumbed to the toilet and laundry and also used for gardening (but in most areas not for drinking).
  7. Installing flow-controlled aerators on your taps can reduce water flow by 50%.
  8. Overdoing it with the washing-up liquid increases the amount of rinsing required when washing your dishes by hand (not to mention the cost of buying unnecessary amounts of liquid).
  9. Read your dishwasher manual, or if you can’t find it do some research online.  Make use of the different load cycles to reduce costs.  Use the economy cycle for less dirty loads, leaving heavier cycles for pots and pans.
  10. Mulch your garden to reduce soil evaporation by up to 70%. Mulch acts like a blanket, protecting your soil from the air and win and is essential to protect your garden and save water.
  11. Fix any leaking taps by replacing the washers.  Your dripping taps can waste anywhere between 30 – 200 litres of water each day they remain unrepaired.  If you can’t repair the leak yourself, call a plumber!
  12. Take shorter showers.  Use a shower timer (or even an egg timer) if you must.  If you are spending too long doing activities like shaving, do these outside the shower and use the shower to rinse off.
  13. Only wash full loads in your washing machine.  Even if you have a water efficient machine for half loads, you are still wasting power.  And even with a water efficient machine you are wasting an extra 10 litres of water.
  14. Change all your showerheads to water efficient showerheads with a three-star WELS rating.  These will use less than nine litres of water per minute; whereas old-style showerheads use nearly double – 15-20 litres per minute.
  15. Have a shower instead of taking a bath.  Baths use about 20% more water than showering.
  16. Only put on your dishwasher when you have a full load.
  17. When buying a new washing machine, look for one with a four or more star rating on the WELS label. The most water efficient washing machine achieves a rating of 4.5 stars and uses no more than 8.61 litres of water per kilogram of load capacity.  Remember, buying a washing machine with more stars means more water efficiency and more cost-efficiency in the long run.
  18. Connect your white goods like the dishwasher and washing machine to cold water only.
  19. Got a swimming pool?  Use a cover to reduce water evaporation.  This will save anywhere between 11,000 and 30,000 litres of water a year – and a lot of your money!
  20. Always have the plug in the kitchen sink.  Never leave the tap running continuously.
  21. Fix leaking toilets immediately. Even slow, leak you can’t really see can waste more than 4,000 litres per year, while those continuous leaks will waste more than 96,000 litres.  A great way to check for leaks is to placing a couple of drops of food colouring or dye into the cistern. If colour appears in the bowl within 15 minutes without flushing, you have a leak to repair.