Posted May 15, 2013 by Gabriel Posternak

Green Remodeling: Water Saving Devices

When it comes to saving the environment, green remodeling is the coming thing. Homeowners can do their part to lower the consumption of fossil fuels as well as becoming more environmentally friendly during their efforts. Here are some tips for water saving devices that can become a part of your home projects.

Did you know that a typical family of four can use almost 300 gallons of water a day? You are surprised but when water is not monitored, that much can easily flow down the drain. Most of it is consumed during showers and flushing the toilet. If you are considering ways to turn your home into a greener environment, here are some water saving devices to take a look at.

Water Saving Devices for your Home

Even if you are not considering green remodeling, making a few adjustments to the inner workings of your home can save you money, and, also help to ease the burden on the environment. Let’s take a look at some water saving devices available:

1. Low flow toilets – These have not always been popular but the construction and operation of them has improved since they were first introduced. The average toilet uses as much as 5 gallons of water per flush. With a low flow model, this consumption is reduced to less than 2 gallons. It is a water savings of about 3 gallons each time you flush. The investment is big at the outset, but it will quickly pay for itself especially in homes with multiple bathrooms.

2. Low flow showerheads – Since much of the water waste occurs in the shower, a showerhead like this can save hundreds of dollars each year on your water bill. This is a simple green remodeling project that you can do yourself. Ask your local Home Depot or Lowe’s salesperson to recommend a low flow showerhead for your needs. Choose from models that have various settings of those that can sense when you are not under the stream (soaping up) and reduce the flow automatically.

3. Efficient water sprinklers – Another place where large amounts of water are used is in the garden. A clear water saving device is the drip irrigation system. Instead of having sprinklers on all night or all day, this system manages the flow so that overwatering is not a concern or a problem. These systems are not 100% efficient yet, but they are getting quite close.

4. Energy efficient appliances – When it comes to saving water, look for the Energy Star logo on washing machines and dishwashers. Less energy is used to operate these appliances as well as less water used to wash clothing and dishes. The energy and water savings are often listed on the outside so consumers can evaluate what they are getting.

Whether you are green remodeling or simply looking for water saving improvements, consider these devices.

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