About This Sister Eden Short
Learn what water saving devices you can buy at your hardware store to help you save money and conserve water. Special thanks to Old Takoma Ace Hardware Store and Savenia Labs for their assistance with this video.
Also, be sure to watch parts 1 and 2 in this water conservation series:
3 Gadgets to Conserve Water in Your Bathroom
Every faucet has an aerator, but not all aerators are created equal! Many are designed to permit the flow of water at 2.2 GPM (gallons per minute), but you can now easily find models that allow 1.5 GPM like this one and even some that allow as low as 1 GPM.
A family of 4 can save up to 5,000 gallons of water by upgrading from a 2.2 GPM aerator to a 1.5 GPM aerator. See the bottom of this post for how we did the math.
Low Flow Shower Heads
The very first versions of low flow shower heads got a bad rap, but today’s models enable you to conserve water AND still maintain water pressure that will enable you to rinse the shampoo out of your hair. Low flow shower heads like this one featured in our video will pay for themselves really quickly, so consider purchasing one for each shower!
Dual Flush Toilet Converters
Which Big Appliance Is Best for Conserving Water?
Washing machines can use 10 times as much water as dishwashers, so focus on purchasing an energy-efficient washing machine. How do you know which one to buy? Get product ratings, reviews, product energy costs and environmental impact information from Savenia Labs. From you smartphone navigate to www.SaveniaLabs.com to enter in product information.
How a Family of 4 Can Save 5,000 Gallons of Water a Year?
To determine how much water we could save for a family of four, we found a good reference from the Portland Oregon Water Bureau. Based on their data, we calculated that replacing 2.2 gallon per minute aerators with 1.5 gallon per minute aerators would reduce water usage from kitchen and bathroom sinks to 68% of the original amount. Based on the Portland Oregon Water Bureau estimate that one person uses about 11 gallons per day from the kitchen and bathroom sinks per day, we did the math to conclude a family of 4 uses over 16,000 gallons per year! Multiplying by the 68%, we came up with a savings of about 5000 gallons! And we think our estimate is conservative. Other sources show higher water usage but we feel 5,000 gallons is a good place to start.
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