Make These Four Changes To Conserve Water And Cash

Posted on: 12 April 2016

If you find your water bill creeping higher and higher each month, don't fret. Instead, consider swapping your old fixtures for fresh pieces that help preserve water and your paycheck. With a few updates, you can make your home a "green" place that keeps more green in your wallet.

1. High Efficiency Faucet

After living in your home for so long, you've gotten used to the constant "drip, drip, drip." Keep your money from going down the drain by replacing your old faucet with a new water-efficient piece. Look for faucets with the WaterSense label. These faucets have a maximum flow rate of 1.5 gallons per minute. Considering the standard flow rate is 2.2 gallons per minute, this simple change can save up to 700 gallons of water each year.

If you have nightmares of a slow faucet that barely sputters water, put these worries to rest. WaterSense devices are designed to offer the same performance as their traditional counterparts.

2. Conservation Friendly Toilet

Did you know that your toilet uses the most water in your home, accounting for about 30 percent of your home's indoor water usage? It only makes sense to rid your home of old, wasteful toilet and replace them with low usage toilets. A toilet that meets WaterSense qualifications can reduce your toilet water consumption by a whopping 60 percent. This equals a savings of $110 per year. If a new toilet isn't in your budget, make sure to look for rebates and voucher program that help with the cost of switching to water-efficient toilets.

3. Smart Sprinkler Controller

No one wants a crunchy, brown lawn, hence the popularity of yard sprinklers. Yard sprinklers are often dumb devices that water regardless of whether the yard needs it. Programmable sprinklers are convenient, but they often result in watering even when your yard doesn't require watering. Make your sprinkler system intelligent with the addition of a smart sprinkler controller. These controllers have sensors that monitor the weather and adjust sprinkler usage accordingly. The days of your sprinkler going off during a thunderstorm are a thing of the past. 

4. Washing Machine

Efficient washing machines help you save money in two ways: they reduce your water consumption and your power usage. Swap your clunker for a ENERGY STAR model to save over 3,000 gallons of water each year. ENERGY STAR models have sensors that monitor and adjust water levels so that excessive water is not used to clean your clothes. They also generally have a larger capacity so that you can wash more clothes at a single time. You can save an average of $180 each year by replacing your old washing machine.

When it comes to water conservation, small changes add up. The addition of energy efficient pieces treats the environment and your wallet with kindness. Contact a plumber at for more information.


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