What is a Water Efficient Home?
Do you want to make your home more water efficient but don’t know how? Or considering building a new home that’s both energy efficient and water efficient?
Saving water around the house has some great benefits, including energy savings and paying less on your monthly bills, as well as doing your part for the environment and making sure Australia has enough water.
So, let’s look at what a water efficient home would feature.
Efficient Home Appliances
Home appliances we use every day, such as dishwashers and washing machines, can use a lot of water. To combat this, the best thing you can do is check the national Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) before you buy new appliances.
These labels will be stuck on the products in the shops and will show you how water efficient each appliance is. The more stars, the better it’s going to be for your home. What’s more, these home appliances will perform very well and save you water at the same time.
High Rated WELS Bathroom
The bathroom is one of the best rooms to make water efficient and it has also become of the easiest thanks to the WELS star ratings.
You can find WELS ratings on everything from toilets and taps to showerheads. This means that when choosing your bathroom, you can be aware of more water efficient features and products. It is recommended to look for showerheads with at least a WELS 3-star rating, as well as taps with a WELS 6-star rating.
Choose Greywater Systems
A great way to make your home more water efficient is by having a greywater system installed. Or if building, talk to your builder about incorporating one into your new home.
This system works as a recycling process, taking water that’s been used in showers, baths and sinks and channelling it into an outside irrigation system. This greywater is excellent for watering gardens, lawns and trees. And if you are mindful of the products used in your home’s washing machine, sink etc, the greywater can also be used on vegetable gardens.
Once set up, you won’t notice any changes in the way your home is run, and you will benefit from your house being more water efficient.
Using a Rainwater System
Rainwater is a fantastic way to lower your water bills and with an appropriate system, can be used for domestic purposes inside the home. This includes for toilet flushing and even to use in the washing machine.
The rainwater system will have a filtering feature, which will make sure the water that is used in your home is safe. It is a very simple system and you will be surprised just how water efficient this can make your home.
Rainwater tanks and systems are widely available and if building a new home, it’s best to talk to your builder about including one seamlessly into the design.
Minimise Stormwater Impact
Stormwater is the water that runs off your home, roof, driveway and patio and flows (often collects) in the lowest point of the property. Most homes have (or should have) strategically placed soak-wells to drain this water deep into the ground.
A highly water efficient home takes the collection of this water one step further by redirecting it into an irrigation system that waters your lawn, garden beds and landscaped gardens. It’s a clever system that takes full advantage of any rain that misses being collected in rain tanks.
Building Homes for the Future
Saving water, energy and money is more important than ever as resources become scarcer and more expensive. More people are looking ahead when designing their new homes and considering how to make them energy efficient in a way that works for them.
Read more about energy efficient homes.
Looking for advice about building your new energy and water efficient home? It’s a conversation we love to have at IQ Homes, so please get in touch.