Install Water Efficient Taps and Shower Heads and Save Money0
Water usage is something we should all try to limit – both for the sake of the environment and our wallets. There are many things we can do on a daily basis to stop wasting water – from fixing leaking taps to having shorter showers. But to really make a difference, consider installing water efficient taps and shower heads in your home.
The Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS) shows the consumption of water by appliances. It rates products and appliances on a scale from one to six and also provides a number showing the comparative water consumption in litres.
According to savewater, an Australian alliance working with both business and government, showering uses large volumes of water in the home. A standard (non water efficient) showerhead uses 12 – 22 litres per minute. In contrast, a water saving showerhead (three-starred WELS rated) uses 9 litres per minute or less. A water efficient showerhead can save more than 26 litres of water for an average 7 minute shower, which is more than 9,000 litres of water per person in the household per year.
A plumber can help you install a shower head or flow controller without the hassle or problems that may arise with DIY installation. Common DIY mistakes, such as forcing fittings or over-tightening a new shower head, can damage the wall or plumbing fittings, resulting in costly repair bills. If you have gravity fed hot water or an older instantaneous hot water service, flow control devices (in the shower head or the inline flow controller) may not work effectively. You may need to seek assistance from a plumber to ensure your shower quality is not diminished.
To find a local plumber who can start saving you money today, have a look at Build Local’s plumbing listings.
Other Useful Links to Help You Save Water
Visit Hunter Water for other smart water-savvy solutions, including tools to help you calculate your water usage and details of Water Wise Rules that came into effect in the Hunter region on 1 July 2014.
Choice can help you with information about water saving options for the home and to choose the best water saving appliances.
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