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Water-saving tips in your home

Easy steps for cutting back on water usage and save on your utility bills around your home.


  • Switching to a three-star WELS-rated showerhead is the quickest way to save water in your home – more than 50 litres every time you take a shower.
  • When showering, first turn on the hot water and add cold as required. You can use the initial lukewarm water instead of just running it off while the shower heats up.
  • Try to collect greywater in a bucket while you shower to use on the garden or indoor plants (check Water For Life advice).
  • A hot-water circulator fitted to your pipework will recirculate water until it is warm enough for your shower, saving you around 17,000 litres each year.
  • Don’t leave the tap running while cleaning your teeth.
  • To rinse your razor, run a little water into a plugged sink.
  • The toilet uses 21 per cent of the water used inside your home. A dual-flush toilet uses around 60 per cent less water than a single flush.
  • Use a tap aerator to reduce water flow.
  • Install only WELS-rated taps and bathroom fixtures.



  • Wash your vegetables in a partially filled sink, rather than under running water.
  • In warmer weather, instead of running the tap until the water is cold, collect it in a jug to chill in the fridge.
  • Dishwashers with a high WELS-rating are more water-efficient.
  • Only run your dishwasher when it’s full.
  • Cooking vegetables in a steamer, microwave, pressure cooker or in pots with lids uses less water and energy. It also helps retain the nutrients of the food.
  • Fit the size of the pot to the amount of food being cooked. Try not to use a large pan filled with water for a small amount of food.


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Page last updated: 10 December 2015