HydroRight Drop-In Dual Flush Converter
Reduce indoor water use by 30% and save 15,000 gallons a year with the HydroRight. Invented by a plumber, the HydroRight quickly and easily converts your toilet into a water- and money-saving Dual Flush toilet. It works with all standard flush valves and you can install it without tools in 5-10 minutes. Just remove the old flapper and handle and slide over the existing flush valve. The button replaces the handle. Push the quick-flush setting for liquids and paper and the full-flush setting for solids. Look for the HydroRight at The Home Depot and other retailers or visit SaveMyToilet.com.
Low Flow Showerheads
Showering is one of the leading ways we use water in the home, accounting for about 30 gallons per household per day. WaterSense®, a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), helps consumers identify high-performance showerheads that reduce water and energy use in the home. The average household could save more than 2,300 gallons per year by installing WaterSense labeled showerheads, which have been independently tested and certified to use 20% less water and perform as well or better than standard showerheads. Since these water savings will reduce demands on water heaters, households will also save energy. In fact, a household could save 300 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power its television use for about a year. For more information or a list of WaterSense labeled showerheads, visit epa.gov/watersense/.
Neoperl Faucet Aerators
Kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators are simple screw-in attachments designed to mix air into your water flow. Changing your faucet aerator will help you reduce water use in your home and save money on water bills. In fact, these fixtures can reduce a sink's water flow by 30%, saving an average household more than 500 gallons each year. Your faucet aerator flow rate, which is measured by gallons per minute or gpm, should be printed on the side of your aerator housing or on the aerator insert itself. New kitchen faucets typically come with a 2.2 gpm faucet aerator and a bathroom faucet should be 1.5 gpm or lower. If the flow rate is higher, your aerator should be replaced. Neoperl offers a large selection of WaterSense-certified aerators in different sizes, flow rates and stream patterns to accommodate most faucet styles. Some of their aerators also go one step further, offering unique and functional features to remedy special conditions found in geographical areas across the country, such as drought, hard water lime build up and pressure restrictions.
High Efficiency Washing Machines
When buying a new washing machine, the smartest move you can make is to invest in a high efficiency appliance. You might be tempted to save money on a cheaper machine, but you’ll get better savings in the long run when you buy a high-efficiency washer. You don’t purchase a new washer every day, so if you’re going to lay out the money, it’s best to buy a machine that will provide maximum benefits, such as energy and water savings. Look for Energy Star labeling when shopping for a new energy efficient washer to find an appliance that meets energy and water-savings guidelines set by the EPA and U.S. Department of Energy. Energy Star clothes washers only use about 18-25 gallons of water per load, as opposed to 40 gallons used by a traditional washer. They also use 50% less energy than standard washers.
Many of you might wash your vehicles at home thinking you’re saving money--but in the long run, you’re probably not. The International Carwash Association has a program called WaterSavers. Car washes that participate in this program use far less water than at-home washing. They also use water that’s recycled or reclaimed and discharge it directly into the local water treatment facility, whereas washing your car at home can send soap and harmful chemicals into storm sewers and then into rivers and lakes. To find a car wash that participates in the International Carwash Association’s program, go to WashWithWaterSavers.com.
Drought Resistant Grass
It’s been estimated that the demand for water has more than tripled in just the past 50 years, and will continue to increase in the decades ahead. In fact, between 2000 and 2025, the pressures from population growth alone will account for a 22.43% decrease in the amount of water available per person. One organization is trying to alleviate much of the strain we’re placing on our water resources by promoting drought resistant grass seed products with identifiable water-saving benefits. The Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance (TWCA) hopes to save billions of gallons of water each year by educating consumers in positive water conservation behaviors, including the use of drought resistant grass which requires less watering. So if you’re thinking about replacing your lawn with drought resistant grass, be sure to look for the TWCA’s endorsement on the product of your choice.
Rainwater Collection Systems
A rainwater collection system is a great way to reduce water and sprinkler system costs associated with watering your lawn or garden. The first thing you will need to catch rainwater is a collection area--in other words, your roof. Most roofing materials are safe for contact with water that will be used for outdoor watering chores involving non-potable water. However, plan to water vegetable or herb gardens from another source, as some roofing types can leach toxins. Gutters, piping and downspouts will carry water to your collection barrel. For best results, purchase a container made especially for rainwater collection. Most storage tanks come equipped with a spigot, to which you can easily rig up a hose or garden soaker for watering. Going green with this landscape care solution doesn’t have to cramp your style, either, thanks to clever rain barrel designs that complement or blend into your homescape.
Lawn Sprinkler Tips
As you've discovered the hard way, keeping your lawn and garden lush adds up to one of the biggest annual household water expenses. And even worse, a lot of that water ends up getting wasted, to the tune of about 1.5 billion gallons every day in America's great suburban outdoors. One way you can avoid waste and save bucks is by installing a water-wise irrigation system, operated by an adjustable, reliable timer and integrating special sensors that can tell when Mother Nature has taken care of the watering and your sprinklers aren't needed. For great savings and results, work with a WaterSense-certified irrigation professional to design, install and help maintain a smart system or audit your existing one. You could end up reducing your outdoor water use by 15% or 9,000 gallons a year!