Saving water should be high on every environment-conscious person’s to-do list. There are products on the market today that make water conservation easy. The new water saving devices available on the market are a sound investment that let you save water and money over time.
For most of us, toilets are where most of the water is used in our homes. About 30% of the home’s indoor water consumption takes place in the porcelain throne and older models can use up to six gallons per flush.
Dual flush toilets offer the perfect option when it comes to water conservation because these eco-friendly toilets use 20% less water than their non-enviro counterparts. Replace your old commode with a newer model and watch your energy bill shrink.
Running your faucet for as little five minutes wastes a lot of water. Because standard faucets release about 2.2 gallons of water per minute, and it takes us longer than that to wash our hands, do dishes and perform other activities, an aerator is your best option for conservation.
Faucet aerators are cheap and easy to install. With an aerator in place, you’ll use up to 55% less water. Even if you’re the type to remember to turn the water off while brushing your teeth, a faucet aerator will save even more water and energy in your home. The best part of using aerators is that they can be installed on any faucet from your bathroom to your kitchen.
Standard showerheads use about 2.5 gallons of water per minute. If you take a seven minute shower, that’s 17.5 gallons of water used to get you clean. Showering accounts for over 15% of residential indoor water use, in some cases even more if you’re a twice-daily showerer. People fear that if they install water-saving showerheads the water pressure won’t be as good and it’ll take them longer to rinse the soap off, but that’s actually not true! Energy-efficient showerheads are just as powerful as the regular ones and provide ample pressure and flow; they’re just better for the environment.
Water saving devices are not limited to faucets, showers and toilets. There are energy-efficient dishwashers and laundry appliances too. When shopping for any water saving device look for Energy Star or WaterSense labels on the product. These companies uphold the government’s efficiency standards and are highly rated when it comes to energy efficacy and water conservation.