Australia has a very rich country image. Sydney and Melbourne regularly alternately pop up in the list of the most convenient for living cities in the world, then the most expensive. Salary levels, the cost of education, real estate prices, the cost of living – the numbers will be impressive. But despite the wide scope, the Australians are very economical to all natural resources.
Solar panels are installed on the roofs of many houses, as well as solar water heating systems. In the projects of houses make tanks for collecting rainwater, which is then used for watering the garden and drain tanks. Moreover, it is even fixed at the legislative level. Since the end of 2011 in Australia it is allowed to build houses with a House Energy Rating * of at least 6 stars.
Australia also has the Energy Rating and Water Rating. Many household appliances – televisions, refrigerators, dishwashers, dryers, air conditioners, washing machines, etc. must have a special sticker on which is indicated how much this device consumes electricity or water.
Even a sticker is molded onto the toilet bowl telling how much water is spent per drain. The more stars assigned, the better and more economical the toilet. In both!
Recently I looked at how much our washing machine consumes for one cycle and was taken aback – 52 liters, so much water! In Ukraine, I did not pay attention to such things at all. Of course, we closed the tap, leaving the apartment, but also consumed water without thinking too much. Brushing your teeth with an open tap or standing under the shower was common. At the same time, we paid about 30 hryvnia per month for water ($ 4.5 at the then exchange rate).
Australians, who are worthy descendants of the British, try to use water very economically. Each water bill, in addition to the usual figures, contains water consumption in the form of a graph for comparison with previous periods, as well as the average water consumption per day (we have this figure of 323 liters per day). In Australia, there are many programs, including those funded by the state, that provide the public with information and advice on the economical use of water. And even offering to replace the old toilets and tips on the shower for a new, more efficient in terms of water consumption. And if the nozzles are changed for free, then you will need to pay extra for an economical toilet. By the way, did you know that the double drain was invented in Australia?