What Are Some Ways To Conserve Water Indoors?

What are some ways to conserve water indoors? Replacing a toilet can help you conserve water. If you don't have a high efficiency toilet, replacing the toilet is one of items that you may want to look at....

If you don't have a high efficiency toilet, replacing the toilet is one of items that you may want to look at. A lot of people think that the high efficiency toilets are not good flushers, but the technology has come a very long way. They have done a lot of testing and there are some excellent performers out there. So trading in a pre 1992-1994 model toilet, which typically uses 3.5 to 7 gallons of water, for a 1.6 gallon toilet can be a really productive measure in terms of indoor water conservation.

The next two big users in the house are the washing machine and the shower. Traditional top loading washing machines use 40 to 50 gallons of water per load. They also use a lot more energy because of the weight of that water and the types of controls and motors that are needed to turn them and so a other area that people can experience both water and energy savings is by replacing their top loading washing machines with the high efficiency washing machine. Even though those are more expensive washers, they typically pay for themselves over their life span. It's not unusual for them to save $75 to a $100 worth of electricity every year and then you get on top of that the water savings. In some cases you may experience sewage chart savings depending on your utility and some people also experience savings on clothing because those machines are less abrasive on the clothing that's in the washing machine and you also use less detergent in those machines. All though in many cases that detergent may be slightly more expensive. So that's another area people should look at when they are purchasing appliance.

As far as shower heads, all new shower heads flow at a rate of 2.5 gallons or less by federal off, but if people have an older shower head, you know the performance erodes every time, it's not unusual to have shower head that either someone's tampered with or it's kind of worn out, may be using from 4 to 7 gallons per minute. That will save you not only on water, but it also saves on hot water. Especially if people live in a household where they run out of hot water, a large family and one or two showers, there is no water left. Changing to a higher efficiency fixtures is a great way to go, and those fixtures can be had at any home center department store.

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