Water is a valuable resource. Whether it comes from a private well or the city, there are many reasons we should conserve fresh water. For one thing, we pay for our water, so wasting water is wasting money. Here are a few water saving products that can be installed in any home.
Bathroom Water Savings
Many homes in Chicagoland still have older toilets that use 3.5 gallons of water per flush, but the new high efficiency toilets that have the EPA's Water Sense® label use than 1.3 gallons of water per flush. Don't worry, they will still do the job they are supposed to do.
In the shower, check your shower head. Older heads use about 2.5 gallons of water per minute. A WaterSense® shower head uses about 20 percent less water, and works great.
Kitchen Water Savings
A lot of people don't know that you can install a water saving faucet right in your kitchen, reducing water usage by 30 percent without significantly compromising water pressure.
Outdoor Water Conservation
If your yard has a an automatic sprinkler or irrigation system, installing soil moisture sensors can help you custom tailor your water use to prevent over-watering your lawn and landscaping.
Water Leak Detection
The last type of product can save you money and protect your home from damage. It automatically shuts of the water if it detects a leak. It's installed directly to the main water line to your home, which is then connected to wireless sensors throughout your house. The sensor can detect a leak as small as two ounces. When a leak is detected it sends a signal to the main unit, which shuts off the water until the problem is corrected.