Hi, today I am going to talk about the one simple change of habit that we undertake in our household ever since we moved to Melbourne.  It is all about water consumption and we need to adapt as the situation is very different over here.

Back in Malaysia, water is cheap. Our monthly consumption never cost us more than RM12.00 per month (that is approximately $4.00).  Hence, we Malaysians hardly pay heed to water conservation – and partly because it is a tropical country and we have rain all year round.  The climate in Australia is highly influenced by the ocean current, consequently resulting unpredictable rainfall across the continent.

When we first arrived, our water consumption habit is very similar to what we practiced back home. The only difference is we need not invest in a water filter because here in Australia, we can drink water straight from the tap simply because the water supplied to households is of good quality.  On that note, I strongly feel that it is a waste when the same (quality) water is used to flush toilets.

The high quality water is characterized by the expensive water bill.  We were charged $90.00 for a three-months consumption, and imagine our shock when we received our first bill! It was astronomical compared to what we used to have in Malaysia.  Giler mahal bil air kat sini, ha!

Moving on to our topic today (it seems that I always go off topic, ya?).  When it comes to washing dishes, I use running water to rinse each and every utensils. It lasted for several months (albeit the expensive charge – some ppl will just never learn, do they?) until a friend who stayed over in our place commented how I wasted precious water by the method I do the dishes.  Washing in running water is definitely a No-No.  This friend taught me to collect water in both sinks.  One side is for soaping and initial rinse to clear the soap, and the other side is clear water to rinse for complete cleanliness.  Just make sure that food and oil residues is cleared before washing them.  To do this, a small basin of water is good enough.

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The right side is to soaping and first rinse; and I use a basin on the left sink to store water for the final rinse. 🙂

We have been adopting the new “method” for almost two months now.  I am certainly looking forward to a reduced bill the next time I see it.  I reckon some of you may say, “So, if the rate goes down, consumption will increase?”  This experience has taught us to be more careful when using water.  By changing consumption, we are developing a new habit and usually it goes a long way despite the changing circumstances.  At least I can say that for myself. Fortunately we have invested in a front load washing machine and it has reasonably good energy and water consumption rating.  Check out this sign whenever you consider getting a white good that utilizes water.  Until then, have a great weekend people!

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