Save water and money by following these simple tips.
Want to know the easiest way to conserve water? Fix your leaks. Your toilets, showers, sinks and other indoor water appliances are most likely leaking unnecessary amounts water, wasting precious H2O as well as your money. In fact, if all the old toilets in the U.S. were replaced with water efficient models, we would save 520 billion gallons of water each year! That’s the equivalent of the amount of water that flows over Niagara falls in 12 days.
The EPA’s Water Sense website is an amazing resource for homeowners to learn how to save water, and money, by making simple changes to the home. Upgrading appliances and faucets is by far the easiest change to make, far easier than instituting 2 minute showers or regulating your family to 1 flush a day.
In general, major water appliances like dishwashers, washing machines and toilets purchased before 1995 should be upgraded to newer, more efficient models. If you are considering a laundry room, kitchen or bathroom remodel, be sure that the most water-conscious models are considered.
Here are some facts about water leaks (from the Water Sense website):
The facts on leaks
- The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.
- Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually nationwide. That’s equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes.
- 10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
- Common types of leaks found in the home include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. All are easily correctable.
- Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.
- Keep your home leak-free by repairing dripping faucets, toilet flappers, and showerheads. In most cases, fixture replacement parts don’t require a major investment.
- Most common leaks can be eliminated after retrofitting a household with new WaterSense labeled fixtures and other high-efficiency appliances.
Once you understand the facts, it’s easy to understand the importance of saving water wherever we can, both inside the home and outside the home. Here are some ways to address the common water-loss areas of your home.
Read the complete report at this link.
Locally, check with The Eagle River Water District – Vail Office.
Here are some examples of free water efficiency devices available:
- Sava ultra-high efficiency showerhead
- 5-minute shower timer
- Tri-max three-flow rate aerators
- Toilet leak detection tablets
- 1.5 gpm duel spray kitchen swivel aerator with flip lever
- Toilet tank bank
- Toilet fill cycle diverter
- Toilet flapper valve
- Various educational materials and goodies
The showerhead is easily installed. In rare cases, an adapter is needed from a plumbing or hardware store to make it fit to existing plumbing fixtures. A showerhead manufactured pre-1980-1994 will have a flow from 2.75-8 gallons per minute (gpm). Install the 1.5 gpm showerhead with the 5-minute shower timer to use only 7.5 gallons per shower.
Potential savings: 40% or more
New faucet aerators at 1.5, 1.0, and 0.5 gallons per minute (gpm) can be used in the kitchen and bathroom to replace those that use on average 2.2 gpm. These new aerators mix more air with the water to improve velocity while reducing volume. Simply replace your old aerator for immediate water savings.
Potential savings: 55% – 77%
Toilet leak detection kits can be used to detect toilet leaks, many of which are silent but may still be wasting up to 300 gallons per day. The potential savings of detecting and repairing toilet leaks can be enormous. Simply drop the dye tablets into the tank and wait 20 minutes to see if the color of the water in the toilet bowl turns blue. If it does, you have a leak that can often be corrected by replacement of the flapper valve. Replace the valve and repeat the test. If you still have a leak, follow the instructions in the kit to troubleshoot the leak.
Potential savings: Variable but very high
The toilet tank displacement bags or “tank banks” can be used to provide immediate water savings per flush by displacing 0.8 gallons within the tank, which reduces volume but maintains the velocity or “flushing power”. If you have a newer low-flow toilet, the 1.6 gallon-per-flush variety installed after 1994, do not use the bag. Simply share it with a friend who has a pre-1994 toilet whose toilet will use 3.5 gallons per flush or more.
Potential Savings: 23%
Thank you for doing your part to help conserve water. Please call Customer Service with any questions 970-477-5451.
American Plumbing Heating and Solar has arranged special pricing for American Standard water saving toilets and other conservation devices. Contact Whitney or Sandra at 970-748-8667 in our office to find out what we can do to help in your home.
Source: Water Conservation: Tips That Save Water & Money – Porch Advice