Water Saving Ideas – Water Saving Tips

Here at The Plumbing Team we are dedicated to helping households save water and save on other rising bills. We have also dedicated our Newsletters to water saving tips and each month we will be focusing on a new area around the house.

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Water Saving Tips

#1 Bathroom (Featured in Team Talk Issue 8)

  • Turn the tap off when you brush your teeth. If you brush your teeth twice a day, for 2 minutes each time, and leave the tap running, you could be wasting around 12 litres (just over a bucket) of water a day. That's over 4,300 litres per person, per year.
  • Rather than let the tap run when shaving, use a plug in the basin.
  • Install a water efficient showerhead. Not only will you save on your water bills, but using less hot water means you'll also save on your energy bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. You'll also save lots of water. The Plumbing Team can help to source a cost effective showerhead, and of course install it!
  • Cut down your showering time. Each minute you cut from your shower time could save up to 9 litres of water if you have a '3 star' rated water-efficient showerhead, and up to 20 litres if you have an older style, conventional showerhead.
  • Use the half flush option when possible on dual flush toilets.
  • Check for toilet leaks (Look on this page to find out how!). A slow, barely visible leak into your toilet bowl can waste more than 4,000 litres of water a year. Visible, constant leaks (with a hissing sound) can waste 95,000 litres a year.
  • If your concerned you may have a water leak Sydney Water recommends you check your water meter. Before you go to bed, check your water meter reading and write it down . The following morning, before anyone starts using water, go and check your meter again. If the morning figure is higher, you have a water leak that needs to be traced and fixed.

Give The Plumbing Team a call, and we will be there to locate it!

#2 Kitchen

In an average household 6% of water is used in the kitchen. A tap left running in the kitchen can waste around nine litres of water a minute.

  • TUse a bowl filled with water to rinse off your dishes instead of holding them under the running tap.
  • Use your dishwasher only when you have a full load and use the economy cycle. Each time you use the dishwasher, you could be using between 18 and 40 litres of water—depending on the age of your dishwasher.
  • Use the 'rinse and hold' setting, if your dishwasher has one, instead of rinsing dishes under the tap before placing them in the dishwasher.


About 13 per cent of household water is used in the laundry. Conventional top loading washing machines use an average of 120 to 150 litres of water each load.

  • Reduce the number of washing loads in a week and save water by combining smaller loads and only washing when you have a full load.
  • Adjust the water level to suit the size of your load and use the economy cycle, if your machine has one.
  • If you are buying a new washing machine, choose a water-efficient model with a water efficiency rating of '4 stars' * (or greater). A water-efficient washing machine can use up to 2/3 less water than an inefficient model..

Rainwater Tanks

Rainwater tanks provide a great way to save water and money while helping the environment. Although rainwater tanks should not feed drinking supplies, the water collected can be used for many things, not just the garden.Connecting your Rain Water Tank for internal use will allow you to get the most use of the savings. A flushing toilet can use 12L per flush so installing a tank to toilet system can lead to big savings! Tanks can also be connected to the laundry for the washing machine. Once again big water saving to be had here!Rain water Tanks also assist by collecting and redirecting rainwater from the roof to use in your home and garden, hereby reducing demand on the public water supply. Rainwater Tanks can also impact on reducing the amount of stormwater runoff that reaches our creeks and rivers, where it can cause downstream flooding and erosion.

The Plumbing Team is able to assist you in finding the best tank solution for your needs. Our buying power with suppliers allows us to pass savings onto you, or we can install one you already have. We are willing and able to help you start saving today!

Buying New Appliances????

Household appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, toilets, taps and showers use a lot of water. When shopping for a new appliance it is easy to see the efficiency of most appliances by looking for the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme sticker. By checking this sticker when you next buy an appliance you can help save water, and save money on your water and electricity bills.

The national, compulsory Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme has replaced the previous voluntary 'AAAAA' labelling scheme. The new scheme gives you nationally consistent water efficiency information and encourages manufacturers to design more water-efficient products.The new WELS label has two key pieces of information:

the star rating (more stars means greater water efficiency); and the water consumption or flow figures of the product.