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Shower Survey

On average, how many showers do you have per day? (Select 1.5 if some days you shower twice and some days once. Select .5 if you shower once every 2nd day - if less you are ineligible for this survey).

On average, approximately how many minutes do you take to have a shower?

Do you have a water saver showerhead installed?   If unsure, click here.

Are you prepared to have a water saver showerhead installed?
Committed new showers per day ?
Committed new minutes per shower ?

To calculate your daily personal water savings please select from the boxes above then click the CALCULATE SAVINGS button, you may change your details as often as you wish and ONLY when you are happy with your contribution shown below should you click COMMIT.

Water consumption before commitment was shower/s for minute/s using ltrs
Water consumption after commitment is shower/s for minute/s using ltrs
Your total personal water saving tally is ltrs

Your commitment will be added to Australia's Daily Water Saving Tally (seen top right of this web site) once you click the link sent to you via your e-mail address.

Should you wish to change your commitment, simply do the survey again. VERY IMPORTANT - you need to ensure you submit your original times before any cutbacks. When you are satisfied with the calculation, click the "Commit to Savings" button. When the signup page appears, rather than typing in your details again, just click "login here!!" (in red) and type in your e-mail address and the password that we e-mailed to you when you made your original commitment and click the submit button.

Thank you for participating in this water conservation effort!

 

Top Energy Saving Tips

We all know that reducing energy use and reducing greenhouse gas emissions is good for your pocket and good for the environment. But, where do we start? What can we do? What has the biggest impact? What is the easiest? How can I make a difference?

These practical ideas are easy to implement, are low cost or, in many cases, no cost (just little changes in the way we do things) and have an immediate impact on your wallet and the environment. Please ensure your efforts to use energy wisely do not compromise your health and safety.

1)
  Take shorter showers
Water heating is a major energy use in a typical home. Using less water is also important throughout Australia. A long shower or a bath can use over 200 litres of water. A short shower can use less than 30 litres. This means less energy to heat the water and less water is used - a double bonus.
2)
  Wash clothes in cold water
Washing clothes in cold water gets clothes just as clean as hot water in most cases and will save lots of energy. There may be some clothes that need to be washed in hot water (eg Nappies or clothes with oily stains) and an occasional hot wash may be needed to ensure the washing machine is kept clean. If you need a new clothes washer, check the energy star ratings. The more stars the better. Use the dryer less. If you do need to use it, spin dry your clothes well before using the dryer. New dryers also have energy star ratings.
3)
  Turn off standby loads at the wall
Appliances with remote controls or ‘soft’ switches such as TVs, stereos, computers, microwaves and some washing machines can consume considerable energy when in ‘standby’ mode. Turn these off at the wall when not in use. Most modern computers can be set to enter ‘sleep’ mode when not used for a certain period (such as 15 minutes). Turning the computer monitor off (using its button) when away for even a short time can reduce energy use by half.
4)
  Use compact fluorescent (energy saver) lights
Fluorescent lights use much less energy than incandescent globes or halogen downlights. Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) can replace incandescent globes that are not on dimmer circuits - especially those used for a few hours per day. They are very cheap to run (they can pay for themselves in 3 to 6 months) and last much longer (many years in most cases). It’s OK to turn fluorescent lights off when you leave the room - even for only a few minutes (it’s an old myth that this is a waste of energy).
5)
  Keep the fridge clean and well ventilated
Fridges and freezers need space at the top, back and sides to shed excess heat. For appliances with exposed rear coils, vacuum or wipe off dust. Ensure door seals are kept clean and seal well. Locate fridges and freezers in cool spots, away from direct sun and other heat sources such as stoves. The recommended operating temperature for a fridge is 3 to 5°C. Below this it costs more to run and can frost up. For freezers, the recommended range is -15 to -18°C. Regularly remove any frost buildup.
6)
  Use heaters and coolers effectively
Only heat or cool the rooms you are currently using. Close doors between these rooms and the rest of the house. Wearing warm clothes and heating only when needed can significantly reduce heating costs. Lowering the thermostat of heaters by one degree can reduce energy use by 10%. In winter set the heater thermostat to 20°C or lower. Raising the thermostat of cooling systems by one degree can reduce energy use by 10%. In summer set the thermostat to 25°C or higher. Use a timer on your heater or cooler to ensure that it is not left on when nobody is home.
7)
  Control the ventilation in the house
Use special door and window seals, gap filler or door snakes to block draughts. Seal any gaps around skirting boards, ceilings and old air vents. Check that chimney flues and extraction fans can be sealed when not in use. Note: by law, rooms with un-flued gas heaters must have adequate ventilation. Open windows and doors to take advantage of cooling breezes in summer.
8)
  Keep the sun out during summer
When sunlight enters a room it delivers an enormous amount of heat. It’s like having a two bar radiator hanging on the wall. An external blind, pergola or deciduous vine can be used to keep out the sun in summer. Well-designed eaves shade summer sun while allowing winter sun in. It is important to externally shade east and west windows in summer. Blinds, verandas or trees can be used.
9)
  Protect your windows
Heavy lined curtains and pelmets help keep heat in during winter and keep heat out on hot summer days. Pelmets (covers over the top of curtains) are important to stop draughts caused by airflow between curtains and windows.
10)
  Choose appropriate cooking methods
If possible, use gas for cooking. Gas is generally cheaper and less damaging to the environment than electricity. Unless wood is sustainably harvested and used correctly it can be expensive to you and the environment. If you use electricity to cook, use the microwave where practical (some models come with a browning element) and use an electric kettle instead of the stovetop. Fill the kettle with the minimum amount of water needed. Any more just wastes energy.

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