Renovating & Building: Saving Water Around Your Home

More Victorian households are saving water around their homes. According to a report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) the number of Victorian households with rainwater tanks increased to 707,000 in 2011 from 600,000 in 2009. In fact, one in three Victorian households has a rainwater tank and around half of all households are using either greywater, recycled water or both.

Every drop counts. A water friendly home will not only bring down your environmental impact, but reduce your running costs, and increase the sale-ability of your property should you be selling now or in the future.

So here are a couple of ideas to help you save and conserve water around your property.

  1. Check for leeks which can be easily fixed such as changing a washer. DIY or call in your plumber to help you with this. It is a great start to save both water and money.
  2. Change your shower heads. Old shower heads can use twenty four litres per minute compared to modern triple A systems which use half of that, around nine to eleven litres per minute. You can swap your old showerhead for a water-efficient one for free with your water retailer.
  3. Turning off the tap when you brush your teeth and only filling the sink up with a small amount of warm water when rinsing your razor, you can save over 100 liters of water per day.
  4. A drip irrigation system is a good way to keep your gardens alive and can save you more water than the old sprinklers systems. Always check your local water restriction guide when implementing.
  5. Rain water tanks can be fitted into all sorts of inconspicuous spaces around the home and when it rains, basically pay for themselves providing a very substantial amount of water for your home and garden.

For more information about water saving products or government water saving rebates check out www.savewater.com.au which has a lot of helpful information and links that will save you.

 

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A new ‘Green Tax’ is slated on homes for sale

Selling your house could soon have an additional charge as the government considers rolling out a ‘Green Tax’ that will effectively rate houses with an eco-star system similar to the ones we currently see on washing machines and dryers…

 

 

EMBATTLED homeowners could be slugged more than $800 to give their houses a compulsory “green  rating” before they are sold or leased, under a new federal government scheme.

Mandatory “green ratings” for apartments and houses similar to those on new washing machines and fridges are to be introduced in the initiative to encourage more energy efficient homes.

The ratings are part of the requirement for each state to introduce legislation requiring homeowners to disclose their home’s energy, greenhouse and water efficiency when they advertise it for sale or lease.

Read more: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/new-800-green-tax-mooted-on-homes-you-must-pay-before-you-can-sell/story-e6freuy9-1226105153706

Why city property will remain strong and is the path of many…

While many of us dream of a country home, according to Harvard University Professor Ed Glaeser in his new work “The Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier and Happier” it is cities that foster achievement and productivity because they are fonts of innovation and wealth. This is evident in the property market too as position is always a key element that buyers look for. These findings reinforce the strengths investment in inner city suburban regions hold now, and will sustain into the future.

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