The cost of living in Australia will vary on where you life, your lifestyle, and your career, but a study of the averages has shown that the general running costs for a home are as follows:
- Mortgage – $23,000 (on a $330,000 mortgage)
- Council rates – $1,400
- Water, electricity and gas – $2,750
- Building insurance – $550 (for a $330,000 cover)
- Contents insurance – $360 (for a $89,000 cover)
- Phone, internet and TV – $1,000
That’s $29,000 per year, $560 per week! And with water prices rising constantly, this can be a massive issue for some families. If budgeting is something that you’re worried about, and you’d like to know how to save some money, then here are some tips to cutting your water bill:
- Switch your supplier – you may be able to get a better deal elsewhere.
- Contact your supplier to see if you can get some free money saving gadgets, such as water savers which help you use less water when you flush.
- Be wary of your habits – can you shower for less time? Use the taps less? Not always flush? Have a think about ways you can help yourself.
- Think about the water you use outside. Can you make some changes here? Could you reuse the water you have used to wash the car, to also clean off the path? Do you really need the sprinkler to water the lawn?
- Fix any water leaks you have immediately, or you’ll end up paying for water that you aren’t even using. It’s also advisable to get a main line check to ensure there aren’t any leaks in the outside pipes – these leaks are very expensive and time consuming.
- Install a flow regulator to ensure you don’t overuse water.
- Use more energy efficient flows on your washing machine and dishwasher, and only use them when you have to. Reducing the number of washes you do a day will save you heaps of water.
- Turn the tap off while you’re brushing your teeth – this can save up to 6 litres of water per day!
- Replace old devices – they often use much more water, especially if they are over 5 years old.
- Check out the drainage divisions of where you live at Geoscience Australia – this may be impacting on your bill.
If you need some advice with regards to your own water usage, you can always reach out to an emergency plumber, such as the Plumbing Detectives. They’ll be able to tell you exactly where you’re going wrong and how you can improve things in the future, and anything that needs fixing – they’ll cover that for you.
After all, we all want to pay less on our bills don’t we?
When you consider that households produce 21% of Australia’s carbon emissions – which is 14 tonnes of greenhouse gasses per home, according to Your Energy Savings – then you can see that by making these small changes, you’ll also be helping the environment too.