If you have ever looked at your water bill and wondered how it got so high, you are not alone.
In a typical household, more than 6,300 gallons of water are wasted each year. Water conservation is not only important for your budget, but also for the environment.
The average family of four uses 260 gallons of water every single day. By making a few small changes in our lifestyles and in our water consumption, we can conserve thousands of gallons of water per year.
Adding water-saving devices on toilets, showerheads and faucets will further reduce water waste by 35 percent with the added bonus of a substantial saving on your utility bills.
There are many areas in your home where water can be better conserved. The bathroom area uses a great deal of water with the toilet being a huge guzzler.
An average toilet-tank will use up to 3 gallons of water with each flush. If you are building a new home, you can insist on installing a low-flush toilet.
The low-flush toilet uses a smaller tank and has a specially-designed bowl to give it the same strong flush-power which means less water is used in the flushing process.
If you are renovating, you might consider installing a new toilet and if you are handy, you could install it yourself saving costly plumbing charges.
A low-flush toilet will save 22,000 gallons of water per year for a family of four which again boils down to a huge utility saving.
The following water saving plumbing products would help you conserve water and also help you save money at the same time;
Water Saving Tips #1 - Faucet Aerators
Low flow faucet aerators lower the unit's water consumption by about 4 percent. A standard tap can be responsible for up to 15 percent of household water consumption.
By switching, you could save more than 500 gallons of water each year. To install a low flow faucet aerator, simply unscrew the old device and screw the new device with internal or external threads. The old aerator can be recycled.
Water Saving Tips #2 - Shower Heads
Standard shower heads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute, which means a typical shower needs about 11 gallons of water. You can purchase a low flow shower head that consumes 1.5 gallons per minute or less.
A low flow shower head is installed by simply unscrewing the old head and screwing the new one. If there is rust or debris on the pipe, remove it with a little diluted white vinegar before tightening the new head.
In a home with four people showering daily, you can save up to 2,000 liters of water every year.
While low-flow complaints were prevalent at the beginning of the spread, most brands today make great models that have no pressure loss at all. Specially designed hardware can make the difference.
Be sure to read the details and of course the reviews to find one that suits your needs.
Water Saving Tips #3 - Automatic Shut-Off Nozzles
An automatic shut-off nozzle is located between the pipe and the shower head. To operate, turn the mechanism with your thumb. You do this after wetting your hair. The water would stop during shampooing.
You would then turn the switch back when ready to rinse. The water temperature would be the same when the switch is turned on again. You can also screw one of these devices to your outdoor tap for your garden hose.
Water Saving Tips #4 - Dual Flush Toilet Converters
Toilets consume the most water in the household and consume about 30 percent of the household water. A dual flush toilet uses approximately 1/2 gallon of water for liquids and 1-1/2 gallons for solids.
To install a double flushing converter, turn off the water supply to the toilet and remove the water from the tank. Release the old purge valve and pull out the old mechanism. Then install the new fixture and restore the water supply to the toilet.
Water Saving Tips #5 - Grey Water Diverters
With a greywater diverter, water is recycled from rinsing laundry or showering into a reservoir. The reclaimed water will then be used flush toilets or water the lawn or garden.
Use only environmentally friendly products that do not leave harmful chemicals in the water, such as: micro-pearl facial care products, stain lifting, bleach, and soaps.
Water Saving Tips #6 - Soaker Hoses
If you have a lawn or garden in the open air, you probably want it to be lively and lush. Water hoses and drip irrigation systems release the water slowly and directly to the roots of the plant.
This will help in reducing water runoff and minimize water evaporation. Using a timer on these irrigators for your garden can reduce water consumption by up to 50 percent.
Water Saving Tips - On the Inside
The best way to begin developing a water savings plan for the inside of the house is to do a thorough inventory.
- Ensure the house water meter reads usage correctly
- Check for plumbing leaks and make necessary repairs
- Determine the energy efficiency of the house appliances
- Review types of fixtures in places such as shower heads and taps
- Analyze family practices involving water
- Don't put off repairing plumbing leaks
- Don't use the toilet as a disposal for trash items
- Insulate your pipes so water heats up quicker
- Don't let the water run from the faucet when it's not needed
- Take short showers
- Install water saving attachments to faucets
- Maintain a supply of cool drinking water in the refrigerator
- Operate your washer or dishwasher only when it's full
Water Saving Tips - On the outside
- Water conservation methods for exterior water use include the following.
- Only water your lawn when necessary
- Water in the early morning or late afternoon to reduce the amount of water that evaporates
- Water down to root level and then stop watering before the water begins to puddle
- Mulch around plants to reduce evaporation
- Don't water where water is not needed by being careful where you place sprinklers
- Wash your car only when truly needed to protect its exterior
- Don't use water to complete chores that can be done by sweeping
- Fix leaks around faucets or hose connections
With these cost-effective, time-saving and cost-saving devices, you can reduce your water bill by up to 50 percent.
They will protect Earth's limited natural resources and also save some money.
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