Some people think that water is the most precious resource on the planet and whether you agree with them or not, it's true to say that it's a hot button topic in Australia. Many local authorities are bringing in tougher regulations to try and contain water usage for individuals and companies, so it's important to think very carefully about your relationship with this commodity going forward. How can you make some changes so that you are more environmentally conscious and think "green" when it comes to your water usage?
Why This Is a Good Idea
Firstly, consider the impact on your wallet. State or local governments may give you some incentives if you consider fitting environmentally friendly systems to your home. Not only that, but potential buyers could look at this the same way and it could add to the resale value of the property.
Getting Power From the Sun
The first thing you should consider is the fitment of a solar hot water system, in order to cut down on your electricity usage as well. Solar systems will allow you to store a lot more hot water than conventional systems, so you won't have to worry about running out at an inopportune time.
Determining Your Needs
Figure out how many people need access to your water system so that you can calculate just how much water is ideal for you. Calculate how often they take showers and when you use appliances like the washing machine and then determine the capability of your existing system. Have a word with a plumber who specialises in environmental systems to see if you can retrofit your existing set-up so that it can accept energy from solar panels.
Complementing Your New System
To really make a difference, you should think about fitting a rainwater tank as well. At the very least, you can use this type of tank for outdoor irrigation, or for flushing your toilets. These tanks will need to meet certain government regulations and be separate from the mains supply, so there is no possibility that water from the tank could backflow. Remember also, that any water you store in such a tank will not be subject to any local government regulations relating to water restriction.
Getting Your Plans in Motion
Talk to a plumber who specialises in "green" installations so that you can introduce a solar-powered hot water system as soon as possible.