Do you live in a drought-prone area with water restriction mandates? Are you worried about high water bills? Or, are you simply concerned about misuse of water for environmental reasons? Whatever your motivation to save water, a good place to start is by looking at your uses of water in daily life and finding ways to save.
The most effective method to avoid misuse of water is to identify the biggest water wasters in your home, and fix them. Here are the top water devices in your home to check:
Home Water Waster Checklist
- Toilets: The device that uses the most water inside the home is usually the toilet. On average, 25 percent of indoor water used gets flushed. If you have an older toilet, it may be more. If your toilet was made before 1982, it probably uses 5 to 7 gallons per flush. Today’s high-efficiency toilets use no more than 1.28 gallons per flush. Switching to one of these could save you up to 10,000 gallons per person a year.
- Shower: One great way to save water is by taking shorter showers. But let’s face it: The occasional long shower is one of the most enjoyable uses of water in daily life. While we want to be responsible about it, there’s no reason you can’t indulge once in a while if you install a water-saving showerhead first. This inexpensive device can cut water use in the shower by up to 40 percent.
- Faucets: Adding an aerator to your kitchen or bathroom faucet can reduce water use at the sink up to 77 percent, without compromising function. Don’t forget to turn the water off while you’re brushing your teeth, too!
- Washing machine: A conventional top-load washer can use up to 54 gallons per load. Switching to a high-efficiency front-loader can pare that down to as little as 7 gallons. You will also be saving energy by heating less water per load. Reduce your water use even more by waiting until you have a full load of laundry before running your machine.
Save the Most by Staying Aware: Leak Detection and Water Monitoring
So far, we’ve explored home water wasters device by device. Switching to more efficient devices is a great start. Yet the potentially in the home is not an object — it’s staying in a state of unawareness about your water usage.
Most households allow gallons of water to slip away unnoticed, in two ways:
- Leaks: Running toilets and leaky faucets or pipes are literally a constant drain on your wallet, and can cause untold damage in the home. You can curtail this unseen water waster by installing our leak detectors on toilets, sinks and appliances that will let you know right away something needs fixing. When fully integrated into the Drop Connect system, they can even send a signal to the DROP Hub to shut off the water and avoid a flood.
- Careless misuse of water: Leaving faucets on, running the dishwasher half empty, and other behavioral patterns can really run up your water bill. Our whole house water system allows you to monitor your water use so you can see exactly where you are using water; receive alerts when your water use exceeds predetermined limits; and even automate your home’s water use for optimal efficiency.
To learn more about how our home water products can help you both save and enjoy your water like never before, contact us here or call 888-363-9434.