Saving Water In The Modern Home
Australia, like many other countries with arid zones, is suffering from the effects of water scarcity. Last month, drought was declared in South Australia, and dragging icebergs from the Antarctic Ocean has even been mooted as a solution to water shortages in Sydney, according to ABC. Climate change is the cause of these shortages and is set to make them a permanent factor.
A responsible homeowner should, therefore, look towards making the most out of every drop of water. Modern technology and state support has made it possible for home alterations to do so. The benefit will be of to yourself, through greater water security, and to the environment, by lessening the load on already depleted reservoirs and energy-hungry salinisation pla
Changing your habits
Making adaptations to your day-to-day activities will enable you to save significant amounts of water without needing to install any features on the home. An easy first step is to address any household leaks – even if it’s not obvious through damp patches or drips, the water systems of your house can have small leaks that, over the years, lead to gallons of water being lost. Then, look at your own activity in the home. Could you spend less time in the shower? Do you need to run the dishwasher or washing machine quite as often? Could you put it on a lower cycle? Ask yourself these sorts of questions every time you use water, and you could find yourself savings. Choice.au, for example, suggest collecting cold shower water in a bucket as you wait for it warm up, and using that water for other uses.
Improving your home technology
Like motor vehicles, it generally holds true that newer home technology is more efficient. Over the lifetime of an appliance, the water saved will be significant and also provide you with monetary savings. What’s more, it’s not necessarily expensive to upgrade; the government provide a range of subsidies to homeowners on measures that will improve your carbon footprint and aid water retention. Household monitors of Nest’s ilk will help you to monitor water usage and can provide an interesting insight into what takes up energy and water usage in the house. Smart technology in general is helping to make things more efficient, and you can use that with your timings and water usage around the house.
Keeping your eyes on updates
The best thing you can do to help your house’s water retention is to simply stay abreast of new occurrences. The government has an ambitious scheme, the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standard scheme, which aims to save 150,000 megalitres of water by 2021, and will lead to devices becoming more well labelled and meeting stringent targets. As a result, you can expect to see new parts, pieces and devices that will aid your water efficiency. Stay aware through the government portal, or through keeping your eye on home keeping news.
Keeping your home running efficiently and with a nod to environmentalism is done best through retaining water. Technology and personal habits make it easier, and will continue to do so through the future. Keep your knowledge up to date and look for new solutions, such as the Kingspan slimline rainwater tanks.
Alicia Rennoll (Environmental Research)
- Cody McConnell