Reducing water consumption is not only good for the earth but also for your household utility budget. With these tools we spotted on eartheasy, cutting down your H2O use is surprisingly easy.
- Water-Saving Showerheads: These eco-friendly showerheads are inexpensive and easy to install. The “low-flow” quality means they use less than 2.5 gallons per minute, as apposed to 5-10 gallons like regular showerheads. In addition, installing a ShowerStart showerhead or ShowerStart converter to your existing showerheads will automatically pause a running shower once it gets warm, reducing wasted hot water and also indicating when the water has reached your desired temperature.
- Low Faucet Aerators: Making sure your faucets are all equipped with low flow aerators is another cheap and easy way to make sure you are conserving as much water as you can. Simply screw the aerators onto the faucet head to save your water consumption and reduce your water heating energy cost by up to 50%.
- Sensor Kitchen Faucets: Not only is installing a sensor kitchen faucet convenient for you but it also helps you save water. The sensor means that you no longer have to turn the taps on and off when rinsing dishes—water flow turns off as soon as you step away from the sink.
- Toilets: Consider purchasing a low flush toilet, which uses 1-2 gallons per flush instead of the usual 3-5 gallons. However, if you don’t want to splurge on a new toilet, there are still tools to help you cut back. Installing an inexpensive tank bank can save up to .8 gallons per flush or purchase an adjustable toilet flapper that allows for an adjustment per flush, so that users can adjust the flush rate to the minimum per flush setting.
- Pipes: Simply checking for leaks with a water-meter is an important way to make sure you are not wasting water unnecessarily. Additionally, insulating your pipes with pre-slit foam is simple, inexpensive and will get you hot water faster while avoiding wasting water while it heats up.