When it comes to water, there are a wide variety of home improvement steps, both big and small, that you can take.
1. The purchase of Energy Star-certified dishwashers and washing machines. These are classified by the amount of water that you also saves energy. Look for models that allow you to adjust cycles and load size. Just run them only when they are completely full.
2. Test your shower head. If he can fill a bucket in less than 20 seconds, you should replace it with an efficient use of water type. You install a low-flow showerhead is easy and inexpensive and you can save up to 4 gallons per minute or 750 gallons per month.
3. If you don’t like the feeling of a low-flow showerhead, attach an air shower device for your shower. This device provides additional air to every drop of water, which makes it feel as big and strong as a typical crash, and that it can reduce water consumption by 30 per cent.
4. Install a low-water toilet. Dual-models, which allows the user to determine how much water is needed, in order to save even more water.
5. Put a water saving aerator on all faucets. Touchless faucets or faucets that use flow pedals are now available for use in homes. They reduce the use of water by shutting off the flow more often.
6. Another great home improvement tip is to replace a conventional water heater with the tankless only heats the water you use. This saves costs for energy, water, because you don’t need to run the sink or shower while the water warms up.
7. Watering your lawn in the morning to avoid water loss through evaporation. Make sure that you only water the lawn and not the sidewalk or street.
8. Use rainwater for the irrigation of the plants. If your municipality will allow the use of gray water for outdoor watering needs.
9. When the planting of shrubs, trees and grass, use varieties that don’t need so much water. As an alternative do not have a lawn at all, especially on slopes and hard water. A yard of mostly bushes, trees and other plantings that are low-maintenance.
10. Short showers. Do not run the water when you brush your teeth or shave.
11. Check diligently for leaks in faucets and toilets. This can save up to 300 gallons of water per month.
Joaquin Erazo, Jr. is the senior vice president for marketing and public relations at Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. Find a home remodeling company near you or read our home remodeling tips blog.