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INDOOR CONSERVATION

The biggest consumers of water in your home are your faucets and your bathrooms. Both have notoriously been water wasteful in the past but here are some products that show how your home can become Water Wise!

Since gravity can only do so much with so little water, pressure-assisted flush toilets use pressurized air in the tank to push the water into the bowl more forcefully, which helps to make up for the lower water amount. 

Some toilets, such as Kohler’s Purist Hatbox, are revving up the flush process with a little horsepower  .2 horsepower to be precise, for the pump in the Hatbox.

The world’s driest continent Australia  brings us dual-flush toilets, which give you a choice: push one button for flushing liquid waste (.8 gallons of water) and another for solid waste (1.6 gallons). Caroma pioneered the dual-flush system to help conserve water, but they made it efficient, too. The gaping 4-inch trapway on the Caroma helps ensure that when you go so does your waste. And although it is a gravity-assist flush system, it doesn’t use the siphonic action of traditional toilets, in which waste is pulled out of the bowel after the water. Caroma uses a wash-down system: there’s very little water in the deep bowl; most of it comes cascading down from the tank through the rim of the bowl.

According to water conservationist George Whalen, switching to water-saving fixtures can save you as much as $100 a year in utility costs.

Image result for low flow shower headInstalling low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators is the most effective water conservation savings you can do for your home. Inexpensive and simple to install, low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators can reduce your home water consumption as much as 50%, and reduce your energy cost of heating the water also by as much as 50%.

How to tell if you need one:

Faucet: If an aerator is already installed on your faucet, it will have its rated flow imprinted on the side. This should read 2.75 gpm (gallons per minute) or lower. Replace if over 2.75 gpm. If no aerator is installed, check to see if there are threads just inside the tip of the faucet. Most modern faucets are threaded to accept aerators.

Shower: Set a 2 quart saucepan on the floor of the shower and position it in the middle of the shower stream. With shower on full, count how many seconds it takes to fill the pan. If it takes fewer than 12 seconds, you could use a low-flow shower head. If you have a low-flow shower head installed, it should read 2.5 gpm or less.

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