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Laundry and bathroom

There are a number of simple things you can do to reduce the amount of power and water you use in your home and save money.

Sydney Water tells us that about 27% of water is used outdoors, 24% on showers, 20% in the laundry, 16% on flushing the toilet and 13% in the kitchen and bathroom.

Just follow the tips below to start saving water and money.


  • Use the cold wash setting for your clothes.
  • Wait until you have a full load of washing – an average washing machine uses about 11 buckets a load.
  • Consider buying water-efficient washing machines such as a front-loading machine that uses much less water that a top-loading machine.
  • Hang your washing to dry rather than use an electric dryer. If you do use a dryer, regularly check the lint filter to prevent fires.
  • If you are buying a new washing machine, buy the most water and energy efficient one you can afford. Front loaders are generally more efficient than top loaders.

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  • Hot water heating can be a third of your electricity bill so saving hot water will save you money.
  • Take shorter showers. It will save water and energy. Reducing your shower by a couple of minutes can save you up to $100 off your energy bill each year.
  • Don’t leave the tap running when brushing your teeth, washing your face or shaving – this uses about 2 buckets a minute.
  • Shorten your shower time – you use about 2 buckets a minute. FACS Housing has installed water-efficient showerheads in most homes. These showerheads reduce the amount of water you use helping you save money and electricity. Please do not remove them.
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