Celebrate the Season: 4 Ways of Water Efficiency
This season, give the gift of water efficiency and save water and money all year long.
Shopping is made easy by looking for the WaterSense label at your home improvement store. Similar to the Energy Star rating system for appliances, WaterSense labeled products must meet specific water-saving and performance criteria in order to make the list.
Here are 4 ways you can make this holiday season a water-efficient one:
- Toilets: Homes built today must have toilets with 1.6 gallons per flush or less. However, your home may be older and a good candidate for a toilet upgrade. Consider this: a 3.5
gallon per flush toilet—upgraded to a 1.6 gallon per flush toilet—saved one customer roughly 2,000 gallons of water per month. And for the super water conscious, there are water-efficient toilets that flush as low as 0.8 gallons per flush.
- Showerheads: Older showerheads can use anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 gallons of water a minute. To be a WaterSense labeled product, showerheads must use 2 gallons of water per minute or less. According to WaterSense, the average family could save about 3,000 gallons of water per year by switching to a high-efficiency and high-performing showerhead.
- Faucet Aerators: Why use a two gallon per minute faucet aerator when you could achieve the same outcome with a one gallon per minute faucet aerator?
- Irrigation controllers: Smart controllers are a different type of irrigation controller that waters according to your landscape plant’s needs, and adjusts automatically to changing weather conditions. It rained last night? Don’t worry! Your smart controller knows not to run your sprinklers.
Aerators reduce the water that flows through a faucet by mixing the water with air. While this may slow the speed at which water comes out of the faucet, it does so without changing the pressure and effectiveness. Tip: if you don’t want water spraying all over your shorts, get the bubble stream aerators and not the needle spray aerators.
The kitchen is a different story, because you don’t want to wait 5 minutes to fill up the pot of water for pasta, so we suggest installing the water-efficient faucet aerators only in the bathrooms of your house.
If you are in the market for a new irrigation controller, consider a smart controller. If you wait until March 3, 2018, you can purchase a quality smart controller at a greatly reduced cost at the Salt River Project Water Conservation Expo. If you buy one and you live in Gilbert, give the Water Conservation office a call at (480) 503-6098 or email Water.Conservation@gilbertaz.gov and we will come to your house after you’ve installed the controller to make sure the settings are input correctly so that your plants will be properly watered.