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Significantly Cut Your Laundry Water Consumption with these Tips

Rainfill-Water-Tanks-Perth-Round-Tanks-x-1It is estimated that old washers use around 151.4 to 170.3 L of water per load while new, high-efficiency washers use 53 to 94.6 L of water. Thus, in a year, a family of four estimated to generate more than 300 loads, consumes around 45.4 m3 of water with old washers and around 15.9 m3. That’s 15,000 to 45,000 litres of water in a year. With the likelihood of drought in Australia and the forecast that drought is highly likely to be more frequent and severe from 2010 to 2040, the efficient use of water in every household is now more crucial.

Luckily, there are simple ways to be more water efficient when doing the laundry. Some require an investment, but the returns are worth it. To wash your laundry more efficiently, consider these tips:

Upgrade your washing machine

If you don’t have a front loading, higher efficiency washing machine, it might be time for an upgrade. Front-loading washing machines are identified as the most water-efficient system to use. If you already have this type of machine, but it’s more than eight years old, consider upgrading to a newer model. With the advancement of technology, newer models are getting more water and electricity efficient almost every year.

The right cycles and load sizes

Washing with a full load is more efficient in terms of water and electricity consumption. If you have a smaller load, take time to adjust the settings to the appropriate load size and the right type of cycle. You can also skip the extra rinse cycle if you use the right amount of detergent and load the washer properly.

Use rainwater

Harvesting rainwater for household use is a great way to cut your water bill costs. With the right tank size and filter, you can use stored rainwater for all your cleaning needs.

Rainfill Tanks and Curved Roofing Supplies is a manufacturer of corrugated iron products such as rainwater tanks. For decades, we’ve been helping Perth residents have a secure rainwater tank system, allowing them to save money and water in the long run.

If you’re interested in having your own rainwater tank, contact Rainwater Tanks today.

Protecting Your Rainwater Tank from Mosquitoes

Rain Water TankA rainwater tank is one of the eco-friendliest ways to store fresh water. However, rainwater tanks can become a breeding site for mosquitoes such as the Aesdes notoscriptus species. It is responsible for transmitting the Ross River and Barmah Forest viruses in Western Australia.

Using an Insect-Proof Screen

To prevent mosquitoes from breeding in your tank, check its inside for mosquitoes and larvae every three months. If you notice larvae floating in the tank, check for a gap in the lid. If the lid is secure, check that the inlet and overflow pipes are covered with a removable insect screen.

The Australian Public Health Regulation 2005 states that all rainwater tank openings must have a mesh that is no bigger than 1mm in size. Queensland regulations require screens to be made of brass, copper, aluminium or stainless steel gauze, while Northern Territory regulations require bronze or brass wire. Western Australia has similar mosquito management regulations, which are incorporated into Perth’s Environmental Health Department’s Mosquito Management Programme.

Alternative Prevention Techniques

One alternative is the use of ProLink XR Briquettes that contain 18 grams of S-Methoprene. This treatment does not contaminate stored rainwater and is odourless and tasteless. The briquettes do not kill mosquito larvae but prevent their growth. One briquette per 5,000 litres of water provides protection against mosquito breeding for six months.

Another way is to add a teaspoon of medicinal or liquid paraffin, or domestic kerosene in your tank. The Australian Department of Health recommends that the dosage for kerosene is 5 millilitres (one teaspoon) for a 1 kilolitre tank or 15 millilitres (three teaspoons) for a 10 kilolitre tank. For paraffin, the dosage is double the amount of kerosene.

Only a licensed pest management technician has the authority to treat rainwater tanks using these techniques.

Rainfill Tanks provide a range of high-quality rainwater tanks in Perth, WA. Our tanks come in various shapes and sizes. If you want to inquire about our tanks, call (08) 9302 1159.

The Best Plants to Grow in Raised Garden Beds

Growing your own food is a sustainable way to a healthier lifestyle. For city dwellers, gardening on rooftops or in backyards is a fulfilling way of getting involved with nature.

You can use planters to grow your own vegetables. You can also use planters to create raised garden beds. If you want to grow your own food but don’t know where to start, consider the following plants. (more…)

Tips for Washing Your Car At Home

The rainclouds have parted, and your rainwater tanks are filled. The car is ripe for washing, and you want to do it at home to save a few dollars. Also, it can be a great way to unwind on a Saturday afternoon.

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3 Practices to Maintain Rainwater Quality and Tank Efficiency | Rainfill Tanks and Curved Roofing Supplies

Let’s talk about water consumption. Australia is one of the world’s driest populated places, yet we have the one of the highest water consumption per person rates in the world. Water is scarce in the country and how we conserve this essential resource is a great concern for all of us.
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