Water-Saving Technology Can Help Homeowners Save Cash

The simplest method for conserving water is to turn off the tap whenever possible.

Running the water when you're brushing your teeth, for example, wastes at least a quart of water. That may not seem like much, but it can really add up over time: a family of four could save at least 60 gallons of water a month by simply turning off the faucet.

There are several modern technologies that can augment your conservation efforts, as well.

Shower head

A water flow restrictor or a low-flow showerhead are easy ways to save on your water bill. These devices reduce a flow of between five and eight gallons per minute to 2.5 or fewer gallons per minute, and the energy and water savings can pay for these improvements in just a couple of months.

You can test your current showerhead's efficiency by placing a one-gallon bucket in the shower and turning the water on full force. If the bucket fills in 20 seconds or less, replace the showerhead with one that uses less water.

Washing machine and dishwasher

If you have an older washing machine, you'll see a big drop in water and energy use when moving to a new model: You can cut water use per load in half, from around 50 gallons to about 25. You'll also see a big drop in the amount of energy required to heat the water. Likewise, today's dishwashers can reduce water use by about half of that used by older models, saving energy in the process.

Faucets

New faucets utilize several different kinds of aerators, but all conserve water without sacrificing pressure. Older faucets use three to seven gallons of water per minute, while newer ones can cut that to around two gallons per minute, or even less.

Toilets

New low-flow toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush. They work as well as the older types but use considerably less water. Homeowners can also consider using dual-flush toilets, which offer two settings, depending on the type of waste in the bowl.

Water heater recirculation kit

A small pump that runs on minimal electricity can be attached to your hot water system and can help keep hot water circulating when it's not in use. This prevents waste of up to 10 gallons of water while waiting for the shower to heat up. Tankless water heaters offer the same convenience, but cost more; a recirculation system can be sometimes be installed for as little as $300.

Fix leaks

Have water leaks in your home fixed right away. Even a tiny leak can quickly add up to a huge amount of wasted water. A faucet leak of just one drip per second can waste more than 2,000 gallons of water in a year, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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