21 Top water-saving tips for your home

Updated: Jan 6, 2021

  • Checking for leaks in taps, pipes and dishwasher hoses is an easy way to reduce water wastage.

  • Remember, one leaking tap can waste more than 2,000L a month.

  • There’s no need to leave the tap running while you brush your teeth. Simply wet your toothbrush before you begin and use a glass of water to rinse your mouth.

  • The most water efficient methods for cooking vegetables are microwaving, steaming or using a pressure cooker. You can also cut down on water loss by using tight lids on pots and simmering instead of boiling rapidly.

  • Installing water efficient taps or tap aerators is a great, inexpensive way to cut your water usage without you even noticing.

  • Put the plug in the sink when washing your hands instead of holding them under running water.

  • Thaw frozen foods before you need them or use the microwave instead of placing them under running water.

  • Prevent taps from leaking by turning taps off lightly and replace washers as soon as they begin to leak.

  • Automatic dishwashers can use up to 40L of water per load. By using a dishwasher with at least a 3 star/AAA rating, you can get this figure down to 18L per load and still get the kind of sparkling clean dishes you’re used to.

  • Wait until you have a full load in your dishwasher before using it. This saves water and energy, and reduces the amount of detergent entering the sewerage system.

  • Keep a container of water in the fridge so that you won’t need to run the water down the sink until it’s cool enough to drink.

  • Washing fruit and vegetables in a half-filled sink instead of under running water is a great way to cut back on water wastage.

  • Rinsing your dishes in a plugged sink rather than under a running tap saves water and is just as easy and effective.

  • Use a sink strainer.

  • Try to use phosphate-free, eco-friendly detergents and cleaning products. There’s a great range to choose from these days and they’re much better for our environment.

  • Remember to regularly clean the lint filter on your washing machine.

  • Most washing machines have a load adjustment button or dial, so try to set this to match the amount of washing you’re doing. If your machine doesn’t have a load adjustment function, try to wait until you have enough washing for a full load.

  • Installing one of the latest 3 star/AAA rating showerheads can give you a great shower and save you around 10L of water a minute. They also save you energy costs, as you’ll use less hot water.

  • To rinse your razor, run a little water into a plugged sink. Rinsing your razor under a running tap wastes lots of water.

  • Electric or fuel powered leaf blowers work more efficiently than hosing down paths and driveways.

  • Pool covers reduce the amount of water you need to keep your pool full and running efficiently.