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Australian map made of steel Trying to compare rainwater tanks on the market and work out price differences??? Our Australian Aquaplate steel is produced to Australian potable water standards. Some imported steel does not meet standards. Our galvanised steel is Z600, specifically manufactured in Australia for rainwater tanks. Cheaper Z450 galvanised steel is not intended for rainwater tanks. Not all steel tanks are equal in quality.

Water saving tips for Home and Garden

Globally, water is a precious commodity. Australians are among the world's largest users of water per head of capita. There are many simple, yet effective, water saving measures that Australians can do every day to reduce the amount of water we consume.

  • If you are purchasing new appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers, ask about their water efficiency rating. A water efficient appliance will not only save you money on your water bill but some Australian states are offering rebates if your new appliance is rated to specific water efficiency.
  • Consider installing a grey water recycling system such as "Greymate" or "Waterbeast" that allows you to recycle the water from your washing machine to water your garden. Again, there are rebates available in some Australian states for these types of systems.
  • Regularly inspect taps (inside and outside) and toilets for leaks and promptly fix any problems.

In the Bathroom

  • Remember to turn the water off when brushing your teethReduce your shower time and install a water efficient shower head. Remember that there are rebates available in most Australian states for water efficient shower heads, so find out what your eligible for.
  • Don't leave the tap running while brushing your teeth, washing your face or scrubbing your hands.
  • dual flush toilets save waterIf you're building a new home or renovating an old bathroom, install a dual flush toilet and remember to find out if you are eligible for a rebate! If you have dual-flush toilet, remember to use it. Talk to the kids about the full-flush and half-flush buttons so they know which one to use.

 

In the Kitchen

  • Ensure the dishwasher is full before turning it on. Scrape plates rather than rinse them. Most modern dishwashers do not require dishes to be rinsed. Use the economy cycle when you can.
  • Rinse and prepare food in a sink half filled with water rather than under a running tap.

In the Laundry

  • Some top loading washing machines offer the ability to reuse either the wash or rinse water for the next load of washing. This feature is often referred to as suds saving.
  • Wash less often. Just like the dishwasher, wait until you have a full load before using the washing machine.
  • When purchasing a new washing machine, choose a front loader. They use a lot less water than top-loading machines and in some Australian states you may be eligible for a rebate.
  • Use eco-friendly washing powder. These don't contain phosphates and petrochemicals that are found in commercial detergents, so they are less harmful to the environment when they enter the waste water systems. Look for environmentally friendly products in your supermarket, but don't be fooled by packaging. Read the ingredients to make sure! Many health food shops also stock a range of eco friendly cleaning products.
  • Grey water from your machine can be used on your garden. If you are using commercial cleaners the phosphates and petrochemicals may harm your plants, so change to eco friendly products.

Outside the Home

  • Water TankInstall a rainwater tank. Why let thousands of litres of rainwater flow into the storm water system every year, when you could harvest it and use it around your home and/or garden? Most Australian states are offering rebates for rainwater tanks so make sure you find out what you are eligible for. Not only will you be reducing your water bill, but you will be helping the environment too!
  • Sweap rather than washDon't clean concrete/paved areas by hosing them down. Sweep or invest in a blower vac.
  • If you have a pool or spa, make sure it is covered when not in use. Not only does this reduce the evaporation rate but it also keeps the water cleaner by keeping out leaves, twigs etc. Rebates are available in some Australian states.

Garden tips

  • Use mulch in your garden. Not only does this reduce the evaporation rates from your soil but, as the mulch breaks down it add valuable nutrients to your soil. Over time the health of your soil will improve leading to stronger plants more resilient to attack from pests and diseases.
  • Installing drippers/weeper hoses or subsoil watering systems are far more efficient than sprinklers.
  • When watering your garden, use tap timers. This allows you to set the water and walk away, eliminating the chance that you will waste water if you forget to turn the tap off later.
  • Use water saving granules/crystals /liquids in your garden and pots. These really do make a difference! The granules/crystals absorb water and hold it in the soil so that is available for the plant roots when needed. There are now a large number of products now available.
  • When buying plants consider how much water they need. Australian natives, mediterranean species and drought tolerant plants all require a lot less water. Most plant labels now indicate watering requirements.
  • Consider getting rid of the lawn or at least decreasing the size of it. Use the area to develop a new waterwise garden. You will save money by reducing your water bill and save time by not needing to mow it!
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