How Do You Conserve Water at Home?

| 6/15/2010 12:16:16 PM

Tags: water conservation, WaterSense program, Environmental Protection Agency, question to readers,

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Using less water at home can save you money. What are some of the best ways to conserve water? Our recent article, Save Money on Water suggests taking advantage of the WaterSense program. It is a program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that began in 2006 to promote the conservation of the U.S. water supply. It allows people to easily identify fixtures and appliances that are more water-efficient.

In particular, a water-efficient toilet can make a big difference in your water use. For more about different types of toilets, check out our article on Best Options for High Efficiency Toilets.  

What are you doing at home to conserve your water?

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8/13/2010 9:13:05 PM

So far, taking Navy showers, using dishpan, and flushing only when necessary. Recently, installed a rainwater off the roof collection system for watering the garden. As a desert dweller, have come to view water using toilets as unconscionable. But compost toilets are sooooo expensive. Just discovered Joseph Jenkins' book, The Humanure Handbook. Finally, someone who has really thought through this matter and clear instructions on how to build and manage an inexpensive compost toilet. One guess as to my next project...

8/10/2010 7:47:02 PM

I have a bucket in the bath to capture water while I'm waiting for the hot water. I use this to flush the toilet. I also have milk or juice jugs under all the sinks to capture water while I am waiting for the water to get hot that I use to water inside and outside potted plants. We have rain barrels that we capture rain water and us for different things. The condensation from the a/c is piped to the banana tree.

8/3/2010 2:42:39 AM

I was proud to replace my ancient toilet with a Niagara - made toilet from Home Depot, under the Glacier Bay name. This is a 1.28 gallon toilet, and cost me about $128.00 if I remember right. While this toilet doesn't "clean" itself as well as some, due to its radical design - it flushes very well, and uses a "flapperless" technology, so you don't have any flappers and such to deteriorate and cause increased water consumption. Overall, for the money I am very pleased with this toilet - which in a 1 bathroom home is a very important appliance! The common hot water in our complex has never really gotten to my kitchen sink in the 20 years I have lived here, despite pump changes and water heater changes. I finally installed a 4 gallon Ariston electric water heater on my counter top. This eliminates waiting a long time for my water to attempt to heat up for my washing machine or dishwasher, or hand washing. I do have to service it twice a year, cleaning it out with vinegar and replacing the anode rod (not expensive) - but it is a small price to pay for really hot water when I need it - and with a convenient on/off switch, I turn my hot water heater off when I am not home, or when it is very hot to save energy. This Ariston hot water heater is neat, because you can plumb the somewhat cold hot water line from the building into the cold side of the electric water heater, so you are simply "boosting" the temp of the incoming "hot" water to an acceptable temperature.

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