Visit Your Hardware Store. Save the Planet.

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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:

You Don’t Need to Drink Urine to Save the Planet

Flush Your Toilet. Save the Planet

3 Gadgets to Conserve Water in Your Bathroom

Faucet Aerators

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

If you aren’t yet ready for a dual flush toilet like we talked about it Flush Your Toilet. Save the Planet., consider purchasing a dual flush converter like this one featured in our video.

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 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 BureauBased 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.

Lori Hill

Lori Hill

Lori Hill is a plant eater, trash picker upper, climate activist, wife, and mom to 2 human boys, 2 cat boys, and 1 dog boy. On a mission to do all she can to take better care of the planet, Lori created Sister Eden Media, a green lifestyle company, to inspire others to give a damn and live more gently on Earth. She shares tips on her YouTube channel, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and also frequently appears on television.
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