We’re all aware: water is a finite resource. Even though about 70 percent of the entire Earth’s surface is covered by water, less than 1 percent is available for human use – such as drinking and shower water. With this 1 percent, each American uses an average of 100 gallons of per day within their home.
That’s a lot.
One of the best ways to reduce your footprint, while also saving money around your home, is by reducing the amount of water you use. In most countries and states, water consumption is a triple whammy – not only do you pay for the water you use from your utility bill, you also pay electric utility to heat that water and then pay a utility to take water to the treatment plant.
It’s a win/win for the Earth and your wallet to practice water conservation.
Installing water saving technologies into your home can be a great way to ensure that you save water. Take a look at these 6 water saving tips to see how they can save you money (and the planet) in the long-term.
Cut water usage (and energy bill) in your shower
Shower heads that cut or reduce water flow will deliver the same ‘clean’ with less water.
When I was a kid, my Mom used to knock on the bathroom door if my shower was too long. I loved hot water (and I still do), but we always tried to be aware of water saving opportunities. Combined with living in the Pacific Northwest, where we are always monitoring the level of our water reservoirs, it was important to consider water saving opportunities in the shower.
Now there are shower heads that monitor water usage for you. In addition to being aware of the length of my showers, I recommend using a shower head that will tell you how much water you’re using, in addition to providing water saving tips and tricks along the way. Some of the shower heads on the market even have specialized sensors that cut off water flow when the desired temperature is reached.
Here are some of the greatest shower heads that could work for your home:
Detect water leaks through your smartphone
Devices can send alerts to your smartphone if a leak is detected.
For homes, especially older homes or those with old piping, it’s important to monitor potential leaks in appliances, pumps, bathrooms, or other areas. The end result, if not monitored, could cost thousands of dollars if not addressed sooner than later – plus, the amount of water that could be wasted would be tremendous.
There are plenty of devices that will monitor leaks, but what about those that can connect to your smartphone? In my search for devices, I found a number of products that will send you an alert on your mobile device and sound an audible alarm when a water leak is detected. From text messages to emails and app notifications in between, smart water leak detectors will help protect your home, while saving water in the long-term.
Here are some of the best leak devices on the market:
Make your toilet more efficient with simple additions
Valve additions and repair kits can dramatically reduce your water usage.
Toilet water use can vary significantly depending on overall usage and the toilet itself. Older toilets can use 3.5, 5, or even up to 7 gallons of water with every single flush, but it is possible to make your toilet much more efficient – without having to purchase some brand new porcelain.
All you need to do is add an addition or repair kit to your traditional flush handle toilet. It typically works in a way that while the toilet handle is toggled downward as usual for “Number Two” flushes, it can also be toggled upward for those little water-saving “Number One” flushes.
Some products on the market promise to save over 10,000 gallons of water per year for a family of four. Now that’s remarkable.
Below are some of the best valve additions and repair kits on Amazon:
Make your outdoors smarter
Smart garden products can track weather patterns so you’re never wasting water.
As an avid gardener, I’m always keeping track of the weather. Seriously – you should have seen the rainfall we just had this past weekend. We were all rejoicing at how much of an impact the rain would have on our gardens and lawns, and I had to manually shut off my sprinkler timers for the duration of the rain.
But what if you had a garden hub that could do all of this for you to save you water? That’s possible – and I love it!
Smart garden products and hubs allow users to combine plant/irrigation monitors and sprinkler controls into one, while also monitoring the weather. This means that the smart home products will tell you when it’s time to water your gardens or lawns – with some of them even doing it for you. Some of the products on our list below promise to save users as much as 50% on their water bill.
Place aerators on your bathroom and kitchen faucets
Aerators can save up to 50% of water usage and are easily placed on your taps.
When I first saw aerators on the market, I was skeptical. I love the high pressure out of the tap, especially as I’m doing dishes, and I was initially concerned that it would impact my dishing duties after the end of a long day. When I bit the bullet and tried it though, I realized that there really wasn’t a difference at all.
Faucet aerators increase spray velocity, reduce overall splash, and save both water and energy used to heat your water. But how do they work? Aeration is done by injecting air into the water stream, so you’re getting the same amount of pressure with significantly less water being used. Cool, right?
Here are some of the best aerators that could work for your home:
- Siroflex New Style Deluxe Double Swivel Sprayer ($8)
- Low Flow 1.5 GPM WaterSense Standard Faucet Aerators ($8)
Ensure your washing machine is 10x more efficient
Energy Star appliances will save water and energy in your home, big time.
If you’re looking to replace your washing machine in your home, you’ve likely researched option after option. Buying a washing machine is no small task; you need to ensure that the reviews are great, the warranty is extended, and the product is energy efficient.
Energy Star appliances will save you both water and energy for your home, so it’s important that your next washing machine is Energy Star certified. A great example is the Electrolux Laundry Bundle; it’s Energy Star certified and is 161% more energy-efficient than older machines, while using 66% overall less water.
Here are some great Energy Star certified washing machines that could work for your home:
Water conservation is so very important to the future of our Earth. Only 1 percent of the earth’s water is available for drinking water – while two percent is frozen. In California, landscaping accounts for about half the water Californians use at home, with showers accounting for another 18 percent, and toilets using about 20 percent.
With all of these statistics, it is clear that it is up to us to use technology for water conservation. These 6 tips are sure to help you on the journey to tracking your overall water usage.
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