The average water bill in Australia is nearly $400 per year. That’s a significant amount of money considering water appears to be free all around you. Of course, in most cases, you are not actually paying for the water. The real cost is treating the water and delivering it to your home, as well as piping the wastewater away. If you take a look at your bill you will find you are paying more for the service than the actual water.
The good news is there are ways to reduce your monthly water bill.
Get Your Own Water
The ultimate way to stop paying the water board is to create your own borehole in the garden. You will almost certainly need permission to do this, it is advisable to check with your local authority. Once you have a borehole you will need a pump to bring the water up and a filtration system to ensure it is safe to drink. It’s a good idea to take a look at the array of reverse osmosis water filters available as they can eliminate most contaminants from the water
Of course, you will still need to pay the cost of electricity to run the pump and you will have to consider what to do if your well runs dry.
Check For Leaks
A slightly less radical approach to saving money on your water bill is to check for leaks. You will need to stop using any water and take a meter reading. Then, take another meter reading a couple of hours later. If the reading has changed but you haven’t used any water, you have a leak.
You will have to trace it and deal with it. Don’t be tempted to leave it, you will be surprised at how much a dripping tap or a small leak can cost you.
A large container in your garden can be connected to your existing guttering and allow you to collect rainwater. This can then be used to water your plants, saving on water from your faucet. It is also possible to connect a rainwater collection tank to your toilet, effectively using the rainwater to flush the toilet and saving yourself a considerable amount of money.
You have probably already considered replacing the washing machine and other washing appliances. New versions of these use less electricity and consume less water. They also look good. All you have to do is decide what to do with your old appliances.
Alongside this, you can fit flow regulators to your showerheads and faucets. This introduces air into the flow, which makes the flow of water seem the same although the amount of water you are using is less.
If you love taking showers then it’s time you considered how long you are in the shower. Cutting your time down by a minute can make a significant difference to your water consumption over the course of a year.