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Water Saving Kits Make Conservation A No Brainer

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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.  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

Water Saving Kits
Water Saving Kits

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
Outdoor Water Saving Kits
Outdoor Water Saving Kits

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!

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What About WaterSense?

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Save Water and Money with WaterSense

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!

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How to Know You Are Using Water Efficiently

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Saving Water with WaterSense
Saving Water with WaterSense

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 showerheads and aerators 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.

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5 Ways to Save Water in the Toilet

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Toilet Water Saver
2014: All of California is in the middle of a drought

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!

Luckily, we have 5 toilet water saver ideas to share with you:

1.) Get a New Fill Valve or Flapper

  • By getting a new fill valve, you can save up to 60 ounces of water per flush!
  • Allows you to adjust the amount of water directed towards your bowl
  • Annual water savings of up to 3,000 gallons!
  • Some toilets do not have the correct flapper in its tanks— by having the correct size flapper you can save as much as 4.4 gallons of water per flush.

2.) Check for Leaks

  • On average, an American household can lose up to 10,000 gallons of water per year due to leaks alone!
  • Use toilet leak detector dye tablet in your toilet tank
  • 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.

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Bubble vs. Needle Spray Aerators

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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.

Bubble Spray vs. Needle Spray
Bubble Stream                                            Needle Stream

 

buy now buttonA 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 screen  to act as a flow restrictor and aerate the water.

Bubble Spray Aerator
Bubble Spray Aerator

buy now buttonA 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.

Needle Spray Aerator
Needle Spray Aerator

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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.

Shop for low flow faucet aerators>>>

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Simple Ways to Save Water in the Shower

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Ways to Save Water
Ways to Save Water

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.

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Simple Ways to Save Water for Toilets

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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.

Ways to Save Water for Toilets
Ways to Save Water for Toilets

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 Leak Tablets
Toilet Leak Tablets

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.

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Simple Ways to Save Water in the Kitchen

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Ways to Save Water
Ways to Save Water

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.

Savings

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%!

Installing

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.

Reuse Water

  • 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.

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4 Easy Ways to Start Saving Water at Home

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Saving Water
Saving Water

The slow, annoyingly loud drip of water edging itself out of the faucet isn’t the only cause of water-waste in the home. Showerheads, the toilet, and even the water hose are playing a lead role in the drama of H2O misuse. Thankfully, with a few DIY projects and the will to conserve, there are four easy ways to start saving water at home.

Showerheads

That new showerhead – the one with different massage levels and an FM radio attached – seemed like a good idea at the time, until you realized the water going down the drain was carrying your money with it. Modern showerheads dispense as much as 2.5 gallons of water (GPM) per minute. Earth showerheads use only 1.5 GPM, saving you a whole gallon of water per minute. With energy efficient showerheads, you:

  • Use less water
  • Use less energy
  • Won’t have to sacrifice comfort

Many earth showerheads come with massage settings, Flow Control Technology (enables consistent water pressure), and non-aerating consistency which allows water to flow fast and long.

Installing earth showerheads can increase your water savings by as much as 30%.

Faucet Aerators

Faucet aerators are like the nozzle on a hose, they control the evenness and consistency of water flow and how much of it comes out the faucet. Aerators are a great investment because they are super cheap (as little as $1.15 per unit), and installing them along with energy efficient showerheads can reduce water waste by as much as 50%.

Toilet

Saving water through the toilet seems odd, but one flush could take with it 5-7 gallons of water! According to The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 30% of the water used in your home is dedicated to the toilet alone; if they leak, that could be anywhere from 30-500 gallons of water daily.

Solution? Install a tank bank. Just fill it up with water then hang it on the inside of the tank. This simple install could save 10 or more gallons per flush each day.

Outdoor Watering Tools

Gardening enthusiasts especially will see the benefits in a low-flow hose nozzle, rain gauge, and soil moisture meter. These items allow you to control and measure how much water is used outside the home.

Low-flow Nozzle
Just like earth showerheads, low-flow nozzles control the water flow coming out of the hose. Many offer multiple spray settings and they are an inexpensive way to control outdoor water use.

Rain Gauge
A rain gauge is a way to measure how much rain has fallen. It’s like a measuring cup for rain; the rain falls through it and the measurements are labeled on the outside, allowing you to see exactly how much rain has met your garden/lawn/soil for the day.

Soil Moisture Meter
A soil moisture meter does just that: it measures how much moisture is in the soil. This is especially useful for gardening and lawn care, as it allows you to know whether or not watering is needed.

 

Saving water doesn’t have to be time consuming, overly technical, and impossible to install by yourself. These four simple water conservation tools are easy to install, take little time out of your day, and you’ll see the difference on your energy and water bills by the next billing or two.

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5 Simple Home Water Saving Products

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Home Water Saving Products
Home Water Saving Products

Sometimes it’s the simplest changes that can have the biggest effect on water consumption in the home. Water saving products are low-cost but have a long-lasting effect on home energy usage and the utility bill. To make this easy change, here are 5 simple home water saving products that you can install today.

Showerheads
If your showerhead can fill a bucket with 1-gallon of water in under 20 seconds, it’s time to change to an earth-friendly model.

Savings
For under $10, you could purchase a Niagara Earth showerhead that saves up to 5,475 gallons of water annually. Low-flow showerheads also decrease energy usage, so showerheads that release 1.5 gpm (gallons per minute) save around $70 – $105 per year on the electric and gas bill.

Features
Niagara Earth Showerheads have many varying features:

  • Massage – settings range from a soft spray to an intense massage
  • “Pause” option – slows or stops the water from flowing and is especially handy when you don’t need the water to run, like while soaping up or shaving
  • Flow Control Technology – gives you consistent, even water pressure regardless of the pressure from your water system

Faucet Aerators
Faucet aerators are like caps on the tip of faucets. However, unlike caps, faucet aerators help water flow out evenly and consistently while cutting down on water and energy usage.

Savings
Faucet aerators are one of the cheapest home water saving products on the market. For an investment as low as $2, faucet aerators and earth showerheads can reduce hot water usage by up to 50%.

Kitchen
It’s recommended that kitchen faucets use aerators with a flow rate of no less than 1.5 gpm, since kitchen faucets usually need high flow rates.

Bathroom
Bathroom faucets don’t need a high flow rate and will still maintain water pressure with a .5 – 1 gpm aerator.

Toilet Tank Bank
Fill the toilet tank bank with water and hang it on the inside of the tank wall. With just that simple install you’ll save 0.8 gallons of water per flush. There is nothing to maintain, it never needs re-filling, and it even prevents odors. The product doesn’t change how your toilet functions in any way; it just saves water.

Shower Timer
As much as 25 gallons of water can be used on a 15-minute shower. Curtail the water waste with shower timers. These home water saving products are a fun, smart, and cheap way to keep everyone in the household in line with water usage.

Types
There are different types of shower timers, ranging in price from super cheap to super expensive.

  • Sand Timer – These timers can be attached to the shower wall. Some are like a hourglass and some are digital. They’re usually made to keep track of 5-10 minutes and cost as little as $3.
  • Digital Shower Timer – An digital timer measures shower time in five-minute intervals. It is installed either with a suction cup or adhesive backing. At the beginning of a shower, a blue LED light appears, and at the 4.5 minute mark, the LED light changes to red. For the last 30 seconds, the red light on the LED shower timer flashes red as a reminder. The cost of this timer is approximately $7.
  •  Digital Shower Timer with Water Consumption Calculator – Costing about $15, a digital shower timer and water calculator displays the amount of time spent as well as the amount of water consumed during the shower. It allows you to set the target amount of water to be used, and an alarm sounds once that target has been reached. This timer also can be installed with a suction cup, or hung with a lanyard.

Soil Moisture Meter
For aspiring and expert gardeners alike, the name is self-explanatory; the meters measure soil for adequate moisture. Soil moisture meters are analog-style, and read the moisture levels in the soil to prevent over-watering, a leading cause in plant death.

Most of these water saving products pay for themselves in under a year, but save you money and decrease energy usage for much longer.