Great water saving tips!
Droughts have ravaged much of Queensland throughout the year with some towns predicted to run out of water before Christmas. The lack of rain has had a devastating impact on these affected communities, so it’s crucial we all do our bit to conserve as much water as possible. Not only is reducing your water consumption better for the environment, it will also save you dollars off your next water bill.
And speaking of water bills, a quick recap: If you’re a tenant or a landlord, water usage charges should be agreed upon at the beginning of the lease. The RTA has created the chart below to help you work out who is required to pay for water.
Whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, following the tips below can assist in reducing your water consumption in and around the property:
By implementing a few small changes around the house, you’ll conserve water and slash those water bills in the process. If you receive a water bill higher than normal, checking your property for leaks is an essential first step. The Department of Energy and Water Supply explains how to use your water meter to detect leaks in this handy guide.
Other home water-saving ideas include:
- Turn the tap off when shaving or brushing your teeth
- Use the half flush when you go to the loo
- Reduce your shower time to 4 minutes
- Apply the fan setting on the air-conditioner
- Fill your dishwasher completely before turning it on
- Install water efficient shower heads, taps and washing machines. (A washing machine with a minimum 4-star rating will save up to 50 litres a week!)
Regularly check your local council website to determine if there are any water restrictions in place in your area. Other water saving tips for the yard include:
- Install a rainwater tank to use in the garden
- Wash the car on the lawn, not the driveway
- Select drought-hardy plants to reduce the amount of watering required
- Sweep or blower vac outdoor areas instead of hosing them down
- Water the lawn before 9 am to allow time for the water to soak into the roots
With the weather heating up for summer, the pool is sure to be the most popular hangout spot this season. However, the extra use could see your water bills skyrocket. Conserve water in the pool by following these simple tips:
- Always use a pool cover. This is the best way to prevent water loss via evaporation.
- Use rainwater to top up the water levels
- Clean and maintain your pool regularly and check for leaks
For further water saving tips and advice, the Gold Coast City Council website has loads of extra information to help residents save water. A shift in our everyday behaviour can go a long way to reducing our consumption, saving the planet and your money at the same time. If you have any concerns or questions regarding water usage in your rental property, call Jean Brown Properties on 07 5630 1145. We’d be happy to answer your questions.