Look out for leaks
A dripping tap can waste more than 2,000 litres of water a month. Left unfixed, that’s 24,000 litres of water a year. If it’s a hot water tap, that’s a lot of money going down the drain.
The solution? Fixing a leaking tap needs a $1 tap washer and advice from your local hardware store as to how to install it. Many hardware stores teach this skill in after-hours education evenings.
You can also check out this instructional video from Save Water below:
Alternatively, you can get your plumber to fix it and then check all your other water devices for leaks when they’re next doing maintenance work.
Water posters: Place posters around your business that give a phone number or email so people can report leaks in places that use hot water. This includes dripping hot water taps, ZIP boilers, urns and water boilers.
Do you have an old water boiler? If you have an old water boiler, it’s worth looking to see if it (or the pipes linked to it) are leaking hot water. When this happens it can cost you a lot of money in increased energy bills.
Ensure your hot water service is looked at by a professional on a regular basis. This will ensure a faulty pressure or release valve is not responsible for continual water leaks and increased energy consumption.
Can you recover and reuse wasted heat? If you use a lot of hot water, equipment is available that takes the heat from wasted hot water to preheat incoming cold water. This helps to reduce your water-heating bills. Ask your plumber or existing supplier for professional advice.