Tom and the Prentice Solutions team have been working on some really cool jobs recently, including the amazing Tiny Homes created by Shaye’s Tiny Homes. An upstairs bathroom was a first of many great plumbing achievements in these Tiny Homes. Outdoor showers, instantaneous gas for hot water and cooking, composting toilets and a hidden away laundry, to name a few more features.
These Tiny Homes can be a great bach, second home or starter home.
The Prentice Solutions team have also been installing lots of Rainwater Harvesting Systems in properties around Auckland. These can be used for watering gardens, washing the boat and car and supplying household appliances like washing machines and toilets. These are becoming more and more popular and essential due to Auckland’s current water restrictions.
Auckland is still in water crisis mode, how is water-saving going for you and your family?
Here are a few tips on saving water at home:
Waterwise in the kitchen
- Put the plug in the sink when peeling vegetables or washing dishes, don’t leave the water running.
- Dishwashers use a considerable amount of water, therefore, make sure your dishwasher is full before you run it. Also, if possible, just scrape your dishes instead of rinsing them.
- Turn your taps off properly.
- Keep cold drinking water in the fridge so you don’t have to run the tap to get a cold drink. Also, make ice.
- Rather than boiling your food, simmer and use tight lids to prevent evaporation.
- Cooking water can be re-used in soups or casseroles, or, cooled down and used to water your plants or garden.
- Buying a new dishwasher? Check it has at least an AAA water conservation rating.
- If you wash dishes by hand, wait until you have a good amount to wash and don’t use too much dishwashing detergent to reduce the amount of rinsing required.
Waterwise in the garden
- Water your garden first thing in the morning or late at night.
- Check the weather forecast, Mother Nature may take care of your garden watering needs for you.
- Only water plants when necessary and aim for the roots, not the leaves.
- Don’t overwater plants.
- If you have to wash your car, use a bucket and brush, and wash it on the lawn and your lawn gets watered as well.
- Use compost on your garden to trap in moisture.
- Avoid watering when it’s windy, as a large portion of the water will go where you don’t need it.
- Collect rainwater to use for watering your garden.
- Use recycled water (greywater) that has been collected in your home to water your garden.
- Don’t mow the lawns too short. A lawn with longer grass holds water and requires less watering.
- Use a broom to sweep a path rather than hosing it with water.
Waterwise in the Bathroom
- Don’t leave the water running when you are brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Put the plug in the sink when washing hands and turn the shower off while washing your hair.
- Don’t flush unnecessary items down the toilet, such as tissues or anything else that could go in the rubbish bin.
- Check your toilet for leaks, you could have corroding fixtures or an inefficient toilet.
- To reduce the amount of water per flush put a small plastic bottle filled with water in the cistern and make sure it doesn’t interfere with the flush mechanism.
- If you are building or renovating, consider installing modern devices like a dual-flush toilet and a low-flow showerhead.
How can we help? Send us an email about your water needs now.