Out of all of the areas of environmental conservation that people focus on, water conservation is sometimes not taken as seriously as it should be. It seems that we are surrounded by water, so it isn’t a pressing need. But with salt water being useless for most of the things we use water for, that isn’t the case at all. The real truth is, water conservation is just as important as energy conservation or the reduction of air pollution when it comes to the environment’s long-term outlook. And with the help of a Sacramento green home remodeling contractor, we can all make changes to our homes that will help keep our fresh water supply at levels we can all be comfortable with. Add that to the benefit of a lower monthly water bill in your home, and water conservation is something all homeowners should take seriously.
There are many ways that your Sacramento green home remodeling contractor can help you conserve water in your home. This all starts in the bathroom, where the majority of the water in your house is used. Some simple changes like replacing your shower and sink fixtures with more modern fixtures that moderate water flow will do wonders when it comes to lowering your daily water usage. The same holds true for low-flow type toilets, which can save water on every flush! You can also get a new dishwasher and clothes washer, which will save you multiple gallons every time you do a load in each. And don’t forget about the exterior of your home, where everything from the sprinklers in your yard to even the type of plants you choose to landscape with can make a big difference in water consumption.
To learn more about how your Sacramento green home remodeling contractor can help you with water conservation in your home, take a look at the video below:
To speak to an experienced Sacramento green home remodeling contractor about ways to improve water conservation in your home, please contact the professionals at Russ Johnson Construction here.
SACRAMENTO GREEN HOME REMODELING CONTRACTOR VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:
TITLE: Go Green, Part 3 – Water Conservation
NARRATION: 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. Seventy-five percent of the water use in the home happens here. That’s a lot of water, and your money down the you know what. To put some of that green back in your pocket, keep the flow low.
It’s really standard practice these days for a builder to put in water-efficient plumbing fixtures for your sink and your showers and your toilets. So you want to make sure that your builder is aware of your concerns about water savings so that he install the proper fixtures for your home.
Choose low cost, low flow shower heads, like this one, which aerates the water. That means the water that comes out is mixed with air. Less water flowing. More water savings. And you 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’ve seen these touchless faucets in commercial use, like in airport restrooms, but these are making their way into our homes. These faucets use an infrared censor that sense when hands are beneath the spout and turns on the water. It 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 step up.
In the kitchen, high-performance dishwashers are smarter than ever, using advanced technology that controls wash cycles, temperatures, and water use. You’ll spend about fifteen percent more for these sleek and sophisticated overachievers, but they pack a double punch, saving you hot water and energy.
Wondering how washers stack up? For water misers, front-loaders are the front-runner in efficiency. Here’s a spin. The washers are designed to tumble clothes using less water. The average washing machine uses about forty-one gallons of water per load. High-efficiency machines use less than twenty-eight gallons. Efficient motors spin clothes two to three times faster to pull out more water. Less dampness, less time in the dryer, and more energy savings.
Finally, let’s take it outside for other water saving options.
You can also save water on the outside by being careful about the plants you choose to plant in your yard. You want to consider draught-tolerant planting, which are typically native plantings to your location.
Don’t lose water through evaporation with sprinklers that spray high. Use low-angle sprinklers that produce droplets of water low to the root. Install rain sensors. 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. Considerer spaces with porous coverings, like a walkway or patio.
It may take some energy for you to find ways to save energy. But the good news is, systems and designs are always evolving and improving. Learning what’s out there is a first good step to a more efficient home.