Water Efficiency in Your Home
Cut Back On Your Home’s Water Usage
Improving your home involves far more than making mere cosmetic changes. Instead, by making upgrades to your home’s water system, you can dramatically reduce the amount of water that you use on an annual basis. Doing your part to help conserve water can help create a better planet for everyone. Not only that but it can also dramatically lower your monthly water bills. You may be surprised by the many ways that you can cut back on the amount of water that you use in your home. In most cases, with the right faucets, nozzles, or appliances, you won’t even notice the difference. The tips in this article will help you reduce your water usage in a way that is easy and affordable.
There are ways that you can cut back on the amount of water used in your kitchen and bathroom, as well as your outdoor space.
Saving water in your home starts with these tips. These simple home improvement projects can automatically slash your water usage, helping you create a more eco-friendly home.
Use Low Flow Showerheads And Flow Valves
Your shower is one of the largest water hogs in your home. By installing a low-flow showerhead in conjunction with a flow valve, you can reduce your water usage to a fraction of its previous level. Depending on the showerhead that you buy, it can reduce the number of gallons per minute that your shower head puts out by approximately 50%. Chances are you won’t even be able to tell a difference since modern low-flow showerheads still have incredible pressure. Flow valves are innovative devices that fit on your showerhead that allow you to turn off or reduce the water flow while you are applying shampoo to your hair or soaping up your body without changing the temperature of the water. As you can well imagine, this saves a lot of water.
Switch To High-Efficiency Faucets In Your Kitchen And Bathroom
These days, you can find faucets that are designed to reduce water usage at just about every home improvement store that you visit. The best part is that these faucets look identical to traditional faucets, meaning that you don’t have to sacrifice style to save water. You can also upgrade your existing faucets by replacing their aerators. Traditionally, most faucet aerators allow about 2.2 gallons per minute to flow through. If you switch to high-efficiency aerators, your water usage can drop to .25 gallons per minute. Best of all, you won’t even notice a difference in your water pressure since these aerators are designed to provide excellent pressure while using a fraction of the water.
Choose a Water Saving Toilet
Toilets use a tremendous amount of water. In fact, they use more water than most other major appliances. By installing a model that is designed to conserve water, you can significantly reduce the amount of water that you use. Again, because these toilets are so well designed, you probably won’t even notice the difference until you get your water bill and see how much water you have saved.
Reduce Water Usage Outdoors
When watering your lawn or garden, switch to a high-efficiency nozzle. These nozzles are designed to produce larger water droplets than traditional nozzles in order to minimize the amount of mist that evaporates before it hits the ground. This means that more of the water that you spray will actually make it to the ground. Additionally, these nozzles are also designed to slow down the speed at which water is applied to the ground to help minimize runoff. Water-saving sprinklers work in much the same way, using lower water pressure to apply the water more slowly to the ground so that it has time to soak in. In many cases, you may be able to qualify for a rebate if you buy these water saving devices.
Reduce Water Waste With Your Swimming Pool
You may be surprised that there are ways that you can also conserve water with your pool. For one thing, you can use a pool cover to minimize evaporation. If you leave your pool uncovered, you will lose more than half of the water inside your pool to evaporation annually. Installing a cover can reduce the amount of water that is lost to evaporation by as much as 95%. To give you an example, if you have a swimming pool that is 18′ x 36′, about 1 inch of water will be lost each week if it is left uncovered. Over the course of the year, this comes out to be about 7,000 gallons of water that are wasted.