Check for leaks in taps, pipes, and dishwasher hoses. Remember, one leaking tap can waste more than 2,000 litres per month.
Prevent leaks by turning taps off lightly and replacing washers as soon as they begin to wear.
Don't leave taps running whilst brushing your teeth. Instead, wet your toothbrush before you begin and use a glass of water to rinse your mouth.
The most water efficient methods for cooking vegetables are microwaving,steaming, or using a pressure cooker. You can also reduce evaporation by using tight lids on pots and by simmering instead of boiling rapidly.
Install water efficient taps or tap aerators. They are a great and inexpensive way to cut water usage.
Place the plug in the sink when washing your hands instead of holding them under running water.
Thaw frozen foods before you intend to cook them or use the microwave instead of placing them under running water.
Automatic dishwashers use up to 40L per load. By using a dishwasher with at least a 3 star or AAA rating you can reduce the water usage to approximately 18L and still get sparkling clean dishes.
Wait until you have a full load in the dishwasher before using it. This saves both water and energy and reduces the amount of detergents entering the sewerage system.
Keep a jug or bottle of water in the fridge to keep it cool instead of running the tap until the water is cool enough to drink.
Wash fruit and vegetables in a half-filled sink or shallow bowl instead of under running water.
Rinse your dishes in a plugged sink rather than under a running tap.
Most washing machines have a load adjustment button or dial - try to set this to match the amount of washing you intend to do to prevent using excess water. If your machine doesn't have a load adjustment function, wait until you have a full load to begin your washing.
Consider purchasing a front loading washing machine as they use much less water.
Using a 3 star or AAA rated washing machine will reduce the amount of water usage and save you money in terms of energy costs.
Installing a similarly rated shower head is also a great way to save water and electricity.
Rinse your razor in a plugged sink instead of under running water.
Using brooms or leaf blowers are much more efficient than hosing down paths and driveways.
Pool covers prevent evaporation and can reduce the amount of water you will need to keep your pool full.