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How can saving water save your wallet?

Australians are using less water but the average household water bill has increased yet again.

27 January 2016: Australians are spending more on water, despite using less. Statistics released from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show Australians used 19,000 gigaliters of water in 2013-2014. That is the equivalent to 38 Sydney Harbours. Australian water consumption is down 6% from the previous year.

Australian households spent more than $5 billion on water in 2013-14. The average annual household spending on water rose 12% to $584 per house despite the slight decrease in the amount of water used.

Although three quarters of the Earth is water, only 1% is available for human consumption. With a rising world population and higher demand for water, prices have surged in the past few years.

As the heat becomes more intense during the summer season, it’s important to keep in mind some effective water saving tips.

Not only will you help the environment when you save water, but you’ll be saving money too.

Here are a few tips that will help you save water and money:

  • Install low-flow faucet aerators

In an ordinary kitchen or bathroom, the typical faucet uses between 15 and 26 litres of water every minute. A significant amount of water goes straight down the drain. Faucet aerators substitute the head screens, limiting water flow using air in the water spray. It also gets rid of splashing and increases coverage area. Tap water can be cut down by 50% by using a low-flow faucet aerator. They usually cost between $10 and $20 and they are easy to set up.

  • Low-flow shower heads are cost effective

Normal shower heads can go through 19-30 litres of water every minute. In just five minutes, a standard shower head can distribute 151 litres of water.

A low-flow shower head will typically distribute nine litres of water every minute, significantly slicing the amount of water you use for a shower. By installing a low-flow shower head and reducing your shower to five minutes, you could save 4136 litres of water a month.

The average cost of a low-flow shower head can cost anywhere between $10 and $60.

  • Don’t flush money down the toilet

Most full-flush toilets employ around 13 litres of water per flush. The low-flush toilet only uses six litres per flush on average. From 2002, new toilets are constructed more eco-friendly and use around six litres of water per flush. If you still have the older toilets made prior to 2002, it would be a smart idea to get a new one.

You can save up to 4900 litres of water per month by switching to a more eco-friendly toilet.

Here are some other tips that can help you save a few dollars while lowering your water use:

  1. Check the house for leaks.
  2. Invest in a front-loading washing machine which uses less water than a top loader.
  3. Put a bucket in the shower and use the water it collects on your garden.
  4. Choose plants that don’t need much watering.
  5. Wash your car with a bucket, not a hose.
  6. Water your garden in the morning to avoid water evaporation.
  7. Turn off the tap after you wet your toothbrush.
  8. Use mulch on your garden to help the soil retain the water.
  9. If you have a pool, consider using a cover to help slow evaporation.
  10. Only put your dishwasher on when it’s full and avoid rinsing your dishes under a running tap.

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Jacob Joseph

Jacob is a writer and video journalist with finder.com.au. Credit cards, personal loans and savings accounts are his bread and butter, and he likes nothing more helping people understand the sometimes overly complex world of personal finance.

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