Water is vital to our daily life. But you might be paying more than you should for your home’s water. Your water bill can be reduced by reducing water usage. If your water heater heats less water, it can also reduce your electric/gas costs.
Lower your water demand and freshwater withdrawals from valuable (and often depleted) groundwater sources. Reduced water demand can have both a personal as well as an environmental impact.
How does saving water help you save money?
While we all know that energy savings can help you save money, is the same true for water? The answer is yes. Standard shower heads and faucets consume between three and seven gallon of water per minute. That’s 30 to 70 Gallons of water that you can flush down the drain in ten minutes.
The EPA states that a family could save 700 gallons annually by changing to approved Water-saving Faucets. It’s 700 gallons less that you have to pay your utility company and 700 more gallons that you need to heat up in the water heater. This sounds like significant savings.
How does water-saver faucets work?
Many homeowners are skeptical about low-flow faucets. But this is not true. Water-saving faucets can reduce water flow, but maintain pressure.
There are many low-flow options that you can choose from, depending on your preference.
- Aerator is a water-saving attachment which forces water through small openings. The holes infuse water by adding air to maintain water pressure. Some faucets have this attachment. Aerator inserts are easily fitted to most faucets.
- Laminate: This type allows water to flow through several large openings. The result is a gentle, relaxing flow. This device works well with rain shower heads because it creates relaxing water flows that mimic rainfall.
- Infrared Sensor: This type faucet uses infrared light below the faucet to detect hand movements, which triggers water flow. Water flow is stopped when the sensors sense that the hands are away from the sensor. This prevents the faucet being left on when it is not needed and reduces water usage.
- Self closing: These faucets are spring loaded, and can shut off in just a few seconds.
- Foot operated: With just a tap of their feet, this faucet lets users turn on the water at a preset temperature.
Water, Energy, and Money – Save Water, Energy, and Money
You, your family and the natural environment can be affected by water waste. You can save water and cut down on your energy costs by following a few easy steps such as installing lowf low faucets, and shower heads.