We’re all looking for ways to save. Save time, save money, save resources. This is especially important where water is concerned. Massive droughts and an ever changing climate means we need to do as much as possible to combat the issues. For some assistance, we’ve compiled a list of the absolute best water saving features to put in your home today so you can start saving money and water.
Low Flow Toilets
They’ve been around for a while, but unless your commode breaks, you don’t often think of replacing it, right? Well, you should. Replacing one toilet in your home for a low flow model can save you upwards of 200 gallons of water every month. That’s a lot of water. Since it isn’t new technology, style won’t be an issue.
Dual Flush Toilets
We get it. Toilets flush a lot of water away. With a dual flush toilet, you can choose how much water is flushed with every flush. For bigger jobs, use a larger amount. Smaller moments, a dab’ll do ya. But you get the picture. These toilets don’t just rely on less water, but a more powerful flush to rid your bowl of waste with less water. All in all, most energy efficient toilets use 1.6 gallons of water or less per flush. This model in particular needs regular maintenance, so protect your investment by staying up to date with routine care.
Roughly 17% of water usage in the home is dedicated to showers. In the days of old a typical shower head used around five and a half gallons of water per minute. Regulations have since knocked that down to only two and a half, but other models are taking it a step further and keeping that flow rate of only 2 gpm. Aerated shower heads add in air to make the water flow fuller without using as much water. Rainhead shower heads cover your body more fully giving you a luxurious shower without the guilt of wasting water.
Energy Efficient Sink Faucets
In the same way that shower heads use air injection to produce a full flow with less water, sink faucets save you water in the bathroom and kitchen. Like with toilet technology, it’s been around long enough that you’ll be able to marry function and form with a variety of styles to match yours. That’s some pretty perfect harmony right there.
Tankless Water Heater
You’ve probably heard that when appliances stay plugged into the wall, they draw energy, even when the appliance isn’t in use. The same rule applies for your water heater. It’s actively heating water even when it’s not being used. Switching to a tankless water heater, though, will eliminate that problem. Heating only activates when your faucets do. This saves water as well as energy. So if you’re in the market for a new water heater, consider this option.
Water Heater Timer
If your water heater is still in good shape, or a tankless model is out of the question for now, you can still make a positive impact by adding a digital timer to your water heater. Think of it like your thermostat or sprinkler system. Setting the timers to kick in operation only when it’s needed will save you money, energy, and time (since you won’t have to think about it, the timer will do all the work). You don’t leave the lights on when you sleep or when you’re out of the house, right? Why should heating your water be any different?