Fifteen years ago you probably noticed your utility prices rising. Before this point, governments did very little to put a cap on wasteful home water consumption, but now prices look like they won’t stop rising, and it’s in your best interest to try and keep it down.
If you’re looking to cut down on home water consumption and become more energy efficient, be sure to use these tried and tested tips.
Get a Dual-Flush Toilet
By using a more efficient flush fixture system, such as a dual-flush toilet, you can move from using 3 gallons of water per-flush to 1.6 gallons. If you can’t afford a dual-flush toilet, look into replacing the current fixtures with low-flow fixtures.
Use Low-Flow Fixtures in Your Bath and Kitchen
Much like the dual-flush toilet, low-flow fixtures permit a much more economical flow-rate, which can potentially bring down your home water consumption by a considerable amount.
Conventional faucets release about 2.5 gallons of water every minute. This can be cut down to as little as half a gallon per minute.
Install a Recirculation Pump
If you’re having to wait for water to heat, try a recirculation system. They pump up the pressure, quickly moving hot water from the water heater to your taps. Cooled-off water then flows back and is heated up again.
Buy a New Dishwasher or Washing Machine
If you’re looking to buy a new dishwasher or washing machine, look for highly-efficient products. Compare the average amount of water consumed per-cycle, and look for features such as economy-mode. It may be a big expense up front, but you’ll save in the long run.
Install Rain Barrels
Instead of using your own precious water (and money) to water the garden during summer, why not install a rain barrel? Rain barrels collect and store gallons of rain water that you can re-use later.
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