Saving water at home


Water use in the kitchen contributes up to 13% of total household consumption. There are many ways to save water in the kitchen.

  • Use the dishwasher with a full load. Running a full load in a water-efficient dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand.
  • A 5-star WELS Scheme rated water efficient dishwasher uses as little as 7 litres of water.
  • Scrape your dishes and soak your pots and pans to remove food rather than rinsing them under running water.
  • If you have 2 sinks, half-fill the second sink with rinsing water. If you only have one sink, rinse the washed dishes in a pan of water.
  • Rinse vegetables in a bowl and then use the water on your garden.
  • Don’t use running water to defrost food. Place your frozen food in the fridge to thaw overnight.
  • Store drinking-water in the fridge—running the tap until it’s cool wastes up to 15 litres a minute.
  • Encourage children to empty water bottles onto the garden or pot plants instead of down the sink.

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In this guide:

  1. Laundry
  2. Kitchen
  3. Pool and outdoors
  4. Leaks
  5. Bathroom

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