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How To Conserve Water Outside Using a Water Hose Timer

waterhosetimerSaving water at home can be easy and affordable at the same time. In reality, making conscious decisions about how much water you are using on a daily basis both inside and outside of your home is all it takes. Let’s take lawn watering, which is a common activity for outdoor home maintenance, for example. One of the best ways to conserve water outside of your home is by using a water hose timer when sprinkling your lawn.

Water hose timers, which work just like egg timers, can be twisted to set up different time durations for the hose to turn on and off. This is beneficial because while deep-soaking your lawn is sometimes okay, most lawns only need about 1 inch of water each week. Continuously running water for the lawn will result in an over-saturated yard and ultimately, a lot of wasted water. Therefore, sprinkle only when your lawn shows signs of needing it. Over-watering is bad for plants and lawns because it promotes shallow root growth and reduces hardiness. To determine whether or not the lawn needs watering, walk across the grass. If you leave footprints, it’s time to sprinkle. This is also where the conservative water hose timer comes into play. Here are three benefits of using a water hose timer:

  • Automatic On/Off – Automatic sprinkler controls are convenient for you and the environment, preventing you from forgetting to turn your hose off and causing the sprinkler to run all day long.
  • No Batteries Required – Without batteries, a water hose timer is much easier to manage and take care of. The timer will run on its own without any outside help, making it a smooth and easy addition to your yard hose.
  • Ergonomic swivel for easy hose attachment – By effortlessly attaching to your hose, these water timers are user-friendly and quick to install and use.

Using a water hose timer is one of many ways you can begin to conserve water in your home. Take the first step by adding this convenient tool to your yard.

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Find Leaks and Save During Fix a Leak Week

Fix A Leak
Fix A Leak

Before we go into what measure you can take for Fix a Leak week, let’s go into the history of this event.

The WaterSense division of the EPA started Fix a Leak week seven years ago to remind Americans to identify and repair leaks in their household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems. WaterSense and its partners, including cities, companies, and non profits engage in week long educational activities and events around the country. This year it is taking place from March 16, 2015 through March 22, 2015.

How much water is wasted?

It is estimated that the average American home loses approximately 10,000 gallons each year due to leaks coming from dripping faucets, running toilets and other leaking valves. This amounts to 1 trillion gallons of water annually around the US. The good news is that it’s an easy problem to fix. The first step to take is to determine if you have a leak. Please see the WaterSense Fix Leak events page to find an event near you.

How to determine if you have a leak?

  • Check your water bill. If you see an anomaly in the pattern of your gallon usage, e.g. spikes, chances are you have leaks.
  • Observe your water meter, say for a 1 to 2 hour period. If you have not been using any water and the meter changes, you probably have a leak.
  • Go through house and listen for drips in the toilets and faucets. There is an easy way to tell for sure with your toilet. Simply drop a toilet leak detection dye tablet in your toilet tank. These leak tablets have a harmless food coloring giving them a blue or green color. If there is a leak, the color will show in the toilet bowl without flushing.

What steps can you take?

  • The first step to take is to fix the leaky fixture. So if the leak is coming from your toilet, changing out the toilet flapper or flush valve is the easiest way to fix the problem. If it’s a faucet or valet, get a wrench and tighten
  • If you have older plumbing fixtures e.g. showerheads, faucets, toilets, consider replacing them with WaterSense-labeled plumbing fixtures. In most cases, the investment can pay for itself in a matter of months. For example, investing in a 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm) low flow showerhead can cost less than $10, and can help you save thousands of gallons if you have a showerhead that dispenses water at 2.5 gpm or more.
  • When installing a new showerhead, wrap the shower arm with teflon tape. This tape is specially produced to reduce the likelihood of experiencing shower leaks.

Save Water, Save Money

By taking these steps, not only will you be saving water, but also energy as it takes a lot of energy to heat the water. A leak of one drip per second can cost $1 per month. So fixing the leaks can result in significant water and energy savings as well as lowering your utility bills. So spend a few minutes this year identifying and fixing those leaks.

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What is a Pressure Compensating Showerhead or Aerator

lowflowshowerYou 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.

faucetaeratorPressure 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.

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Water Saving Kits Make Conservation A No Brainer

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?

Save with WaterSense Products
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

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

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

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.

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Simple Ways to Save Water in the Shower

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

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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