10 Ways to Save on Water Bills, Part II

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In an earlier post, I mentioned easy and inexpensive ways to save on water bills, along with some reasons pertaining to why it’s important to conserve water.  In this post, I’ll list some ways that you can go a few steps further.

  1. Install a low-flow showerhead in your bathroom.  Don’t let the name of it scare you because the latest in these devices work very well with no compromise in performance.  Plus, they only use a fraction of the water that conventional showerheads spew out.  I love the 5 spray settings that my hand-held “Eco-flow” model by Waterpik offers!  Wall-mounted varieties are on the market as well.
  2. Opt for toilets that are high efficiency (HET) when looking to replace an older, inefficient toilet.  There are even dual flush toilets that allow you a choice of how much water goes down the drain with each flush.  If you’re looking for a way to conserve with your existing toilet, check out this cool retrofit option.
  3. When purchasing new kitchen or bath faucets, look for the WaterSense label which will conserve water.  It’s available on many models by several manufacturers.   Motion-activated faucets are another high-tech option.
  4. Dishwasher on the fritz?  Go for Energy Star!  These models will not only save water, but energy too!
  5. Need a new washing machine?  Again, Energy Star models save on water and energy consumption with no sacrifice in performance.  The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) promotes the Super-Efficient Home Appliances Initiative (SEHA) which is defined as the upper end of the Energy Star program.  Most appliance manufacturers offer models that meet these high standards for both superior energy and water savings.  Click here for a list of these makes and models.
  6. Install instant hot water systems under sinks in kitchens and baths to speed up the time it takes for the water to run hot.
  7. Tankless hot water systems are super efficient and provide water on demand while conserving energy and water.
  8. Place a rainbarrel underneath your downspouts to collect rain water which can be used for lawn and garden watering.
  9. Setting up a greywater system will divert wash water from sink, bathtub and washing machine drains to be used for landscaping.
  10. Reduce your lawn size and consider xeriscaping (dry-scaping) or drought-tolerant native plants to beautify your surroundings.

photo courtesy of Luis Argerich

Tag(s): Kitchens And Baths, Money Saving, Water

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