FutuRiders share their water saving tips

FutuRiders share their water saving tips
Nov 16, 2012

FutuRide is about educating and changing the mindset of people across Australia to understand the importance of acting now to ensure our cities of the future remain sustainable.

As part of this education around sustainability, each week we’re asking people to get involved and share their sustainability tips. Then together we can all make some small changes to contribute to a sustainable future.

Congratulations to Amelia Philips who won the first week of the sustainability tips competition sending through not one, but six tips about water savings! We think her best tip was 'to only put the dishwasher on when it’s FULL, the same goes with the washing machine'.

There was also a special prize that was given away to Greg Mizell for his suggestion on a marshal to monitor water and energy:

'Appoint one of your kids as water and energy marshal and put them on an incentive to lower each quarterly bill! My 10 year old monitored our energy meter and timed everyone's showers for three months and we reduced each bill by about 20%! It teaches them about conservation, finances, and "team" management all at the same time!'

We'd love to hear your tips on sustainability, so check out the Siemens in Australia facebook page for the sustainability topic of the week and tell us your sustainability tips and you’ll have the chance to win a solar tree that will charge your phone with sunlight!

Check out all the water saving tips we received, hopefully they’ll help you in your home.

  • Capture the initial cold water when you run a shower and use it to water your plants. You could save up to five litres a day per shower. That's 1825 litres per year, that’s 90 average bath tubs of water recycled and saved.
  • Only run reticulation late at night or early morning when far less water will be lost to evaporation, and remember to turn it off whenever it rains.
  • Create a sustainable garden by connecting your downpipes to water your garden. Even in summer you can use the excess water from your evaporative air cooling system to keep your garden 'green'!
  • Make sure you turn off all taps properly.
  • Put the dishwasher on a quick wash.
  • Shower with a bucket or two and use the water on your garden.
  • Install a rainwater tank and connect it to your washing machine and dual flush toilet. Reap some rebates for the tank purchase and connections! Save on water and a bit of energy consumption at the same time.
  • Wash your vegies in a bowl of water, instead of rinsing under a running tap.
  • Have your showerhead changed to a more water efficient one- most council’s do the swap for free.
  • Wash windows with newspaper and vinegar. No water usage and bright sparkly windows.
  • Use a pressure washer to wash the car.
  • Don't run the tap while brushing your teeth... but please don't stop brushing your teeth.
  • If you have a pool, when it's not in use put the cover on it to stop water from evaporating.
  • Use the water from your washing machine on your garden (but only if you use environmentally friendly detergent).
  • Keep a worm farm and use the content on your veggie garden to reduce watering.
  • Check to see if you have any leaks around the house that you might be leaking water.
  • If building a new house speak to your builder about water saving appliances and designs to make your future home more sustainable.