Affordable water conservation begins in the bathroom Iqaluit NU
Affordable water conservation begins in the bathroom
(NC)-As the room in the home that consumes the most water, the bathroom is the ideal place to begin your water conservation renovation. Although it may sound like a major change, upping your home's water conservation value is much simpler and more affordable than you would expect.
High-efficiency toilets, water conserving showerheads and low-flow aerators are just a few of the innovative products available to homeowners who have an eye on their eco-footprint. While making just one of these adjustments will improve your home's water efficiency, gradually incorporating all three over time is an impactful process you can work towards with pride. At a total cost as low as $600, it's a small investment when weighed against the long-term financial and environmental savings.
Most standard toilets use just over 13 litres of water per flush. If that sounds like a lot, it's because it is. Today's high-efficiency toilets (HETs) use less than five, allowing a household to cut its water use by more than half. And HETs are just the beginning.
Anyone who has travelled to Europe knows that dual flush toilets (or toilets with two flush buttons - one for number one and the other for, well, number two) are the rule rather than the exception. Given Canadians' generally high levels of concern for the environment, dual flush toilets are becoming increasingly popular on this side of the pond. If used routinely, the 0.8 gallon-per-flush option on toilets like the Persuade model from Kohler ($427, www.kohler.ca) can save a family of four nearly 23,000 litres of water annually. It's no wonder dual flush toilets are giving old-fashioned standard flush models a run for their money.
If the thought of a water conserving showerhead makes you cringe, it's time to take another look at what's available today. Advances in technology mean low-flow no longer feels like a water pressure problem. While traditional showerheads demand nearly 10 litres of water per minute, low flow models like the design-rich Purist from Kohler ($105 and up) need fewer than seven thanks to its use of air to maximize the feeling of less water. Partnered with your efforts to cut back on time spent admiring your echo-enhanced vocal talents, water conserving showerheads are a no-brainer.
Perhaps a lesser known though equally important tool for cutting back water use is the low-flow aerator. Designed to oxygenate water, or manipulate its flow by filling it with air bubbles, aerators in kitchen and bathroom faucets are a simple and inexpensive place to start your update. Most faucets' aerators can be replaced with low-flow versions that cut water use by up to 30 per cent.
Whether you're ready to dive in headfirst or prefer to get your feet wet to begin, bringing your home into the 21st century is simple and affordable if you choose the right innovative plumbing products.