benefits of taking steps to improve a property’s water efficiency are
obvious when you consider a leaky tap that drips once a second will
waste 12,000 litres a year!
When considering improving your property’s water efficiency there are number of laws that are helpful to understand.
In all states of Australia, tenants in an individually-metred
dwelling are required to pay for water consumption charges unless
negotiated otherwise. Tenants living in premises with shared metres, for
example in apartments, normally do not pay for their water, however
there are exceptions.
Each state of Australia applies different conditions to how landlords
pass on water charges, so either take the time to update your local
knowledge, or consider leaving the charging of water and other aspects
of your investment property in the capable hands of a property manager
A property manager will be fully acquainted with the rules and
regulations for your state, know the best plumbers in the area, and as a
result, save you the time and effort.
Tips for tenants to save money on water bills
Wash your cars, bikes or boats on the lawn to water the grass at the same time
Sweep paths and driveways instead of hosing them down
Where possible, always use your dishwasher and clothes washer for full loads
Always turn the tap off while brushing your teeth
By watering your garden wisely, you can reduce water use. This can be achieved by:
mulching, which assists gardens to retain water
regular weeding, to stop weeds draining moisture
watering early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid evaporation
encourage plants to put down deep roots by giving them occasional deep soaking rather than frequently light watering.
water the roots of your plants rather than the leaves
water gradually so the water has time to soak in. Flooding one spot can cause run-off and make soil water resistant.