From leaky faucets to high-flow toilets, dated fixtures in your home can waste tons of water and tons of money each year. But there are many ways to transform these water wasters into high-efficiency water—and money—savers.
A water conservation-conscious home requires two things: eco-friendly behaviors, and a green design. When it comes to behaviors, you can conserve water by keeping your showers short, turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth, and limiting the amount of water you use while washing dishes. But if you want to improve water conservation capabilities in your house’s design, contact a Sacramento green home remodel professional. There are many quick and simple updates that will help your home save water, from the dishwashers that clean your dishes in the kitchen to the sprinklers that water your lawn.
Want to learn more? Take a look at this video:
And to get in touch with a Sacramento green home contractor who can help you conserve water and money, please contact Russ Johnson Construction today.
SACRAMENTO HOME CONTRACTOR VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:
TITLE: The Green Home Guide – Part 3
KATY CARKUFF: Here is a golden opportunity wrapped in green—saving water. Because when you save water, you save money. And if you’re building or remodeling, there’s no better time to make every drop count.
Let’s start with the water hog in the house: the bathroom. 75 percent of the water used in the home happens here. That’s a lot of water, and a lot of your money down the you-know-what. To put some of that green back in your pocket, keep the flow low.
JENNIFER PIPPIN: It’s a really standard practice these days for a builder to put in water efficient plumbing fixtures for your sinks and your showers and your toilets. You want to make sure that your builder is aware of your concerns about water savings so that he installs the proper fixtures for your home.
KATY CARKUFF: Choose low-cost, low-flow shower heads—like this one, which aerates the water. That means the water coming out is mixed with air. Less water flowing, more water saving—and you’ll still get squeaky clean!
The sink is another point of flow control. The efficient ones have faucets with low-flow aerators built in. These fixtures don’t need any special installation or plumbing, and are available in endless styles and finishes. The hardest part may be choosing one.
You might have seen these touchless faucets in commercial use, like in airport restrooms. But these water misers are making their way into our homes, too. This faucet uses an infrared sensor. It senses when hands are beneath the spout and turns on the water, and turns off when the hands are removed. Or how about a faucet you control with your feet? Foot pedals control the flow of water here. That’s a step up.
In the kitchen, high-performance dishwashers are smarter than ever, using advanced technology that controls wash cycles, temperature, and water use. You’ll pay about 15 percent more for these sleek and sophisticated over-achievers, but they pack a double-punch, saving you hot water and energy.
Wondering how washers stack up? For water misers, front-loaders are the frontrunners in efficiency. Here’s the spin: the washers are designed to tumble clothes using less water. The average washing machine uses about 41 gallons of water per load. High-efficiency machines use less than 28 gallons. Efficient-loaders spin cloths two to three times faster to pull out more water. Less dampness, less time in the dryer, and more energy saved.
Finally, let’s take it outside for other water-saving options.
JENNIFER PIPPIN: You can also save water on the outside by being careful about the plants that you choose to plant in your yard. You want to consider draught-tolerant plantings, which are typically native plantings to your location.
KATY CARKUFF: Don’t lose water through evaporation with sprinklers that spray high—use low-angle sprinklers that produce droplets of water closer to the roots. Install a rain sensor. These wireless gems automatically turn off your system when it rains. Limit the amount of grass coverage, which takes a lot of water to keep green. Consider spaces with porous coverings, like a walkway or patio.
It may take some energy for you to find the best way to save energy, but the good news is, systems and designs are always designing and improving. Learning what’s out there is the first good step toward a more efficient home.