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Sydney’s Water Saving Tips for the Laundry

Water Saving Tips

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Did You Know? The laundry accounts for 15-20% of all water consumed in the home, making it a high consumer of water, detergents and energy. However, this doesn’t have to remain the case – you can save water, energy and, most importantly, money, with a little bit of know-how. Here are a few of our handy and inexpensive tips to save water in the laundry.

  • One of the easiest methods is to install a water efficient washing machine. Look for machines with a four or more star rating on the WELS (Water Efficiency Labeling and Standards) label.
  • Consider purchasing a front-loading washing machine. Overall, they perform better and they use less water than top-loaders – up to 70% less in some cases or 36, 000 litres per year in a typical home. Additionally, they use less detergent and less energy if washed in warm or hot water.
  • Always wash with a full load – this saves 10 litres of water per wash. If you’re not able to wash with a full load, ensure that you adjust the water level to suit the size of the load. Some new models will do this automatically.
  • If you’re doing several loads of washing on the same day, consider using the sud-save option on your machine, if it has one.
  • A leaky tap can usually be fixed with a new washer, which is easy to install. If, after installing a new washer, the tap still drips, call your plumber. The cost of a professional service will save you money on your water bills in the long run.
  • Install water-efficient tapware or retrofit old tapware with aerators or flow control valves. These are inexpensive and can reduce water flow by 50%.

Insulate your hot water pipes to save energy and to avoid wasting water while waiting for hot water to flow through.

Geoff James
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Geoff grew up in Berala near Lidcombe in Sydney and attended Birrong Boys High School where he finished his Year 10 school certificate. Geoff was encouraged by his uncle to consider plumbing as he had done a bit of plumbing work on weekends during his school years. DJ Childs Plumbing in Canterbury offered him a plumbing apprenticeship and he spent most of his time working on plumbing maintenance and new roofs on commercial sites. Geoff on Google+.