Saving water can be done in the kitchen, in the bathroom, and outdoors. Saving water is as simple as installing low flow fixtures in place of older ones, finding leaks, and using water efficiency tools.
You turn the knob of the shower and the water falls in a steady cascade. You’re enveloped in the falling beads of water, not too strong and not too weak. The thought of sacrificing such a luxurious shower experience for water efficiency is the furthest thing from your mind. But going green doesn’t mean we have to disregard our comfort. With pressure compensating showerheads and aerators we can achieve energy efficiency without sacrifice.
The water pressure is measured in Pounds per Square Inch (PSI) and can vary significantly in each home. The higher the PSI the higher the water pressure. It can be as low as 20 PSI whilst in others it can be as high at 80 PSI. In a low pressure home, the shower stream can feel very weak. This is further amplified when you have a lower flow showerhead. Fortunately this can be corrected with a pressure compensating showerhead, which essentially regulates showerheads and faucets. When pressure fluctuates, pressure compensation works to maintain efficiency and consistency so that the flow is kept constant when the pressure is between 40-80 PSI. This creates an optimal shower experience, giving you both peace of mind knowing you’re doing your part in saving water while still relishing in your shower experience.
Pressure compensating showerheads and aerators work through the use of a small rubber ring. The rubber ring expands depending on the pressure applied, in turn blocking the holes and reducing the amount of water coming through the tap. When pressure drops, the rubber ring is more relaxed, meaning more water is able to come through the holes in the tap. While the initial cost may be a bit more, you can expect to see a return of investment in typically less than two months.
Daily water usage racks up your water bill fast, especially in the summer heat. Sometimes it may be hard to even recognize how much water we use in a day because of our busy schedules. Lets be honest, at the end of the day when you get home from work and prop your feet up, your water bill is probably one of the last things on your mind.Â So, how is a household or a business supposed to be able to monitor or reduce their daily water consumption and find the time in such a fast paced world?
There is a simple solution to this. At Conservation Mart, we have an inexpensive way for you to conserve water. We carry water savings kits that are catered to indoor and/or outdoor use.
Items that you would typically find in one of our indoor water savings kits would be:
A Low Flow Showerhead – Reduce shower water use up to 30%
Faucet Aerators – Cut down on faucet usage up to 50%
Toilet Leak Detection Tablets – Alert you of a leak, saving potentially thousands of dollars
Toilet Tank Banks – Save up to 1 gallon of water per flush
Typical items in an outdoor water savings kit would be:
Garden Hose Spray Nozzle – Limits the amount of water used by the garden hose
Moisture Meter – Gives you the moisture level of your soil to avoid over-watering plants
Rain Gauge – Measures rainfall to also help avoid over-watering
Water Conservation Wheel – Full of tips on various ways to save water
Both indoor and outdoor water saving items are easy to install (if installation is even needed) and start conserving water instantly! (Which means a lower water bill for you.) Visit our site to view all of the water saving kits available. Using these products to conserve and save is the perfect solution in this fast paced world!
If you are interested in conservation products, whether energy or water, I am sure you are curious if we are going to label all of our WaterSense products like we did Energy Star. The answer to your curiosity is YES! We now have all of our WaterSense low flow showerheads and aerators labeled on our site. Similar to the search for the search for Energy Star products, you can now easily find WaterSense labeled products on our site.
The meaning behind a WaterSense labeled product:
WaterSense is an EPA partnership program. A product that is marked WaterSense makes it easy for consumers to identify a product that will help them conserve water in a more efficient way. WaterSense labels can be found on a variety of different products such as: bathroom sink faucets accessories, new homes, showerheads, toilets, urinals, and weather based irrigation controls. It even recognizes some professional services that want to integrate the importance of water conservation.
Can anyone just stick the label on its products?
The answer is NO. In order for a company to use the WaterSense label they must sign a partnership agreement with WaterSense. The partnership agreement represents the bond between the EPA guidelines and regulations of what makes a product qualify in order to be labeled WaterSense, along with how and where the label can be placed on products/ packaging/ etc.
Benefits of WaterSense:
Perform the same or better than other similar products
Are 20% more efficient than the average products in same category
Are a part of water savings on a national level (be a part of something BIG)
Measures the amount of water your conserving (watch the $ you’re saving)
Have multiple technological options to obtain water efficiency
Next time when you look at your expensive water bill remember you can save using WaterSense labeled products— just visit our website and click on low flow showerheads or aerators where you can easily identify WaterSense and watch your water bill decline!
Over the past couple of years, Americans have strived to become more water efficient. But how do we know the products we are using are conserving natural resources, reducing water consumption, and saving us money?
This question was a difficult one to answer, until the creation of the WaterSense label!
The WaterSense label makes it simple for consumers to be able to find and use water efficient products. WaterSense is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In order for a product to become WaterSense, companies must sign partnership agreements.
Why use WaterSense labeled products?
Product’s performance is equal to or better than less efficient products
At least 20% more water efficient ( conserving water means conserving energy which reduces carbon pollution)
Provides measureable results( watch your water bill shrink! )
Can save up to 700 gallons of water per year
Display water savings on a national level ( 487 billion gallons of water saved since 2006!)
We feel that it is our mission to help YOU choose the best low flow showerheadsÂ andÂ aeratorsÂ to not only save money, BUT be a part of the larger picture—conserve water while helping the environment.
So if you like saving money (and who doesn’t?), start by looking for products that have the WaterSense stamp of approval.
Right now, the Western region of the United States has been struck hard this year with a drought. For the first time in 15 years the U.S. Drought Monitor recorded that 100% of California is in the middle of a moderate to exceptional drought! Droughts are a major expense and can cause significant crop loss and job loss. Saving water means saving money, especially in regions experiencing states of drought.
Did you know that 30% of the water used in your home is dedicated to your toilet alone? Toilets use more water than clothe washers, showers, faucets, and leaks! The average American uses 100 gallons of water per day per person. That means that an average of at least 30 gallons alone are being used on the toilet per day!
It is simple to use– all you have to do is drop the detection dye tablet into your toilet tank
Contains a harmless dye that will appear blue or green in color
IF the color shows in the toilet bowl without having to flush, then you have a leak.
By detecting the leak you save up to 500 gallons of water a day!
3.) Install a Toilet Tank Bank
Toilet tank banks are cheap, easy to install, require little to no maintenance, and even help prevent odors
All you do is hang it onto the inside of the toilet tank and add water
Will save you up to 0.8 gallons of water per flush!
4.) Install a Toilet Fill Cycle Diverter
Installed on the end of a tanks fill tube
Allows you to redirect water that normally goes to fill up the toilet back into the actual tank
Reduces up to 1/2 a gallon of water per flush!
5.) Dual Flush Toilet Conversion Kits
Allow you the option to flush a little (typically used for liquids) or a lot (typically used for solids).
Gives YOU more control over how much water is used with every flush
Saves you at least 40% of the water you use when flushing on a daily basis
By utilizing any of these five toilet water saver options, you can reduce costs not only in your home— but for regions such as California experiencing a horrible drought—taking these steps will help out the economy and preservation of water.
In deciding the right low flow aerator, you have a choice in the water flow stream. You can select between a bubble or aerated stream and a Needle spray. Both restrict water flow, but the nature of the water stream is different.
A low flow bubble faucet aerator restricts the water flow from the faucet. This type of aerator adds air to the water flow to enhance the water stream to give the sensation of a larger flow even though it’s dispensing less water. It is ideal for use in both bathroom and kitchens. A bubble faucet aerator typically has a cross mesh screenÂ to act as a flow restrictor and aerate the water.
A needle spray aerator produces a shower like pattern when dispensing water. Needle spray aerators are the only choice when you are selecting an ultra low flow faucet aerator e.g. 0.5 gallons per minute (gpm) or lower. The technology is not available yet to produce an aerated/bubble stream for 0.5 gpm or lower flow. Needle spray aerators provide a good coverage of water when washing hands and so are often preferred in commercial applications. They have tiny holes around the base of the aerator through which the water is dispensed.
Both type of aerators also come with pressure compensating features . This is an important features in a normal low flow aerator, the water flow is restricted at low pressures. So a pressure compensating aerator will compensate for the fluctuations in pressure to produce an even water flow.
Conserving water can be easy and frustrating all at the same time. Just as you’ve solved the problem of H2O havoc in the kitchen, the bathroom faucet starts leaking. Get ahead of these water wasters by soaking up these facts about water conservation.
One less flush could save a lake full of water
The City of San Diego estimates that if everyone in the United States was united in flushing the toilet just one less time each day, we could save a lake measuring four feet deep, a mile long and a mile wide. For the times when flushing is absolutely unavoidable, make a small investment (super small, like under $20) in dual flush converters and toilet tank banks.
Dual flush converters allow the toilet to use a little bit of water for flushing liquids and a little more water for flushing solids. At least 40% of the water typically used for flushing will be saved by using the converters.
Toilet tank banks just hang on the inside of the toilet. That simple, effortless act saves 0.8 gallons of water per flush.
Shutting off water while brushing could save 200 gallons of water
A family of four could save 200 gallons of water weekly by just shutting off the faucet while brushing. Want more savings? Keeping the water off while shaving earns you 100 gallons of water saved each week; doing the same for shampooing and lathering saves over 55 gallons of water. In one week alone, the average family of four could save upwards of 355 gallons of water just by keeping the faucet off.
14% of indoor water waste is due to leaks
One of the least known facts about water conservation is that 14% of the water used indoors is due to leaks. A leaky toilet could bloat your water bill by 500 gallons each day! The best solution to water leaks is prevention:
For the toilet: Toilet leak detection tablets are like toilet pills. Just drop them in the toilet and if the water changes color you have a leak.
For showers: Use teflon tape to secure the shower arm. This will keep it fastened and prevent it from leaking.
Outdoor water usage can contribute to (and even be the main cause of) water waste
Having a beautiful, well-cared for garden and lawn could be expanding your water bill and shrinking your finances. Garden and lawn maintenance accounts for nearly 60% of household water use. Using outdoor conservation tools, such as rain gauges and soil moisture meters help determine how much rain has fallen and how much water your lawn/garden needs. For further control over outdoor water usage, install a low-flow nozzle on the hose. Low-flow nozzles help to limit how much water comes out of the hose but without compromising water pressure.
Showers over 5 minutes long can waste up to 1000 gallons of water
On average, a 5-minute shower uses between 15-25 gallons of water. Up to 30% of that water could be saved by installing a low-flow (or earth) showerhead. Earth showerheads, like low-flow nozzles, restrict how much water is used but are able to keep the same water pressure. Some showerheads even have settings that let you change how much pressure you want to use.
If shorter showers are impossible, consider switching to baths. It takes about 36 gallons of water to fill a bathtub. Once the tub is full, you can stay in there for as long as you like without having to worry about water going down the drain.
These five facts about water conservation are only a drop in the ocean of solutions to save the ever needed H2O, but following these tips will go a long way in reducing water usage inside and outside the home.
Sometimes a bubble bath just can’t compare to a steady stream of water, but getting caught up in a shower could be wasteful in more ways than you realize. Thankfully, there are many ways to save water in the shower that are simple, cheap, and beneficial environmentally as well as monetarily.
Install low flow showerheads
Get the best out of your shower (instead of it getting money out of you) by installing low flow showerheads. Earth showerheads:
release 1.5 gallons of water per minute, compared to 2.5 GPM released by modern showerheads
save as much as much as 30% in water usage
come with the same (or even better) options for comfort, like massage settings and consistent water pressure
Have an older shower arm that doesn’t accept earth showerheads? Installing a showerhead adapter solves that problem.
Check for leaks
H2O conservation can be as simple as making sure your shower is free of leaks. On average, leaks can waste as much as 10,000 gallons of water per year! There can be many sources of a leak, but if the culprit is your showerhead then prevention is better than a cure. Wrapping teflon tape around the shower arm will help keep it secure and go a long way towards preventing the showerhead from leaking.
Limit shower time
One of the easiest ways to save water is to limit how much of it you use. Showering accounts for 17% of water usage in the average home, and that could be around 40 gallons of water each day! Installing a shower timer is a quick and easy way to start saving right away. The main types of shower timers out there are:
Sand Timers – These have an hour glass shape. All you have to do is watch the sand fall. This lets you know when your 5 minutes in the shower are up. Each time you rotate the timer, just add another 5 minutes to get the total amount of time spent in the shower.
Digital Timers – A digital shower timer takes it a step further and not only alerts you when 5 minutes are up, but it will also display how much water has been used during the shower.
Both timers can be installed by simply attaching the suction cup to the shower wall. Now we all cannot survive on 5-minute showers, but even just cutting your usual showering time in half will bring significant results on your energy and water bills.
Shower “The Navy Way”
Navy men and women only run water when it’s absolutely needed. The water is off while lathering, shampooing/conditioning, shaving. This is the most basic to conserve water that doesn’t include any added installation.
While the options listed are not the only choices, they are by far some of the most simple, energy efficient and cost-effective ways to save water.
If you’re not mindful, that large bowl of water waiting to be flushed will take your money with it. 30% of the water used in your home is dedicated to the toilet alone. To make matters worse, as much as 5-7 gallons of water could be wasted with just one flush! Take the foolishness out of flushing by following at least one of these many ways to save water with your toilet.
Save water by installing…
Dual flush converters
Dual flush converters allow you to determine whether to flush a little or a lot, giving you much more control over how much water your toilet uses per flush. Basically the converters give you the option to use a little bit of water to flush liquids or a lot of water to flush solids. There are different types of dual flush converters, but you can expect to save at least 40% of the water you typically use for flushing on a daily basis. Not bad at all!
Toilet fill cycle diverters
Installed on the end of the toilet tank’s fill tube, fill cycle diverters redirect the water that normally goes to fill up the toilet and instead switch it to the tank. This process reduced how much water is used per flush by half a gallon.
Toilet tank banks
One of the simplest ways to save water is by installing a toilet tank bank. It’s cheap, easy to install, doesn’t require any/much maintenance at all, and it even helps to prevent odors. Just add water to the tank and hang it on the inside of the toilet tank. That alone will save you 0.8 gallons of water every flush.
Check for toilet leaks
Toilet leaks are more damaging to your water bill than is apparent. A leaky toilet could waste as much as 500 gallons of water in one day! Simply insert toilet leak tablets into your toilet tank to quickly identify leaks.
Don’t use the toilet for trash!
One of the least difficult ways save water by far is to just avoid unnecessary flushing. Using the toilet as an alternative trash can will waster anywhere from 400-600 gallons of water.
Whether through installing toilet water savers or just making sure you fix leaky toilets, saving water can be a hassle free, cost-effective change in your home.
Though the kitchen can sometimes double as a family room – with all the laughter and delicious smells mingling together – , having family-sized water waste is no one’s idea of a good time. Luckily, from the faucet to the dishwasher, there are many simple ways to save water in the kitchen.
The Faucet: Why Aerators are Important
Have you ever turned on the outside faucet without a hose attached? See how freely the water flowed? Aerators keep the kitchen faucet from acting like the outside tap by reducing the flow of water. Some aerators go even further by using an off/pause valve that temporarily stops the water stream.
How it Works
An aerator is like a ring with a small mesh screen in the middle. Installed on the tip of a faucet, aerators reduce water flow by adding air to the water (for a visual of how this works, pour water through a strainer with very little openings). Even though less water is being used, aerators allow the water pressure to stay pretty much the same.
Installing faucet (or tap) aerators is one of the cheapest ways to save water. For your investment of as little as $1.15, you could reduce water usage by 30-50%!
Can you open and close a bottle of water? Then you can install an aerator.
First off, make sure that you need to change the aerator you have (or install one for the first time). To determine if you need a new aerator, check the sides to see what the GPM (gallons per minute) is. If it’s more than 2.5, than you need a new aerator. Ideally, you want an aerator that dispenses 0.5-1.5 gallons of water per minute.
Now find out which threading, or type of aerator for your spout, is needed. If the faucet tip is male, or has edges that go around the outside of the tip, than you need female threading. It the faucet is female, or has edges on the inside of the tip, than you need male threading.
Simply twist it on and you’re done!
Dishwasher: An Upgrade is in Order
Dishwashers are a must in every household, which is why getting an energy and water efficient model is one of the best ways to save water. If the dishwasher in your home has been in use since 2003 or earlier, it’s time for a change. Dishwashers that are 10+ years old waste as much as 50% more water and energy than newer models.
Keep it Simple – Just use less water!
The opportunities to save water in the kitchen are endless. A few tips to get you started include:
Don’t run the faucet
Rinsing off vegetables for a dinner? Instead of letting the water run, fill up a bowl with water and rinse your veggies in the bowl.
Washing your hands in a double-sink? Fill one sink with soap water for washing and the other for rinsing.
We always tell kids to turn off the water while brushing: we should do the same. Up to 8 gallons of water can be saved from that one act alone.
Draining water from pasta? Use that leftover water to cook a broth or soup.
If you have a glass of water or two lying around that you neglected to finish off, why not use it to water your plants?
Mind the Dishwasher
Though newer models are more energy and water efficient, all of that is thrown away if the dishwasher is run 3+ times throughout the day. Only run the dishwasher when it’s full.
Putting these tips to use will immediately impact your home’s water and energy bills and (better yet) make family-sized water waste is a problem of the past.