The Importance of Water-Saving Bathroom Products in Today’s Home

With 70% of the earth’s surface covered by water, it’s easy to assume that an endless supply exists. The fact is, only 0. 6% of it is fit to drink. kitchen tapware Water conservation is vital to the health of our planet.

There are many ways we can help conserve water and a good place to start is in our own homes. Studies show that the bathroom is the #1 water-waster and the toilet is the true culprit. One may think that dishwashers and washing machines use more water but in fact the toilet has both of those gadgets beat. It is estimated that 4. 8 billion gallons of water get flushed down the collective loos of America each day. Many households have opted for low-flow toilets. These units are ecologically sound, conserve impressive amounts of water, but can be a bit of an investment. For folks who rent or aren’t able to replace their existing unit, there’s an alternative: Take a clean, plastic quart milk jug (labels removed), add pebbles halfway then fill with water. Cap firmly and place into the toilet tank away from any moving mechanisms. Half a gallon of water will be saved with each flush. With most Americans flushing at least five times per day, a family of five will save about 350 gallons per year.

The bathroom can be a place of great peace and tranquility. Generally, it’s the only room we can be well-and-truly alone (unless you have kids and dogs) and the sound of running water can be immensely soothing. It’s easy to lose track of time when a warm, cascading flow is working it’s magic from the showerhead, but warm water therapy is a water-waster. Install low-flow aerator heads and shut off the water when washing/conditioning hair and shaving legs. Shower less often and set a timer. Or take an herbal bath, light some candles and listen to nature-sound CDs for a therapeutic treat. Studies show that baths use the same amount of water as showers but are actually more relaxing.

Got little kids? Consider bathing them together if it’s appropriate. Make sure they know that the bathtub is not a playground: It’s in and out, and no horseplay. To save even more water, hang towels out in the sun immediately after everyone’s dry. After-bath towels aren’t dirty and can be re-used a few times. They only get gross when left to marinate in a heap on a teenager’s floor for several days.

Teach everyone to shut off the faucets when washing hands and brushing teeth. Leaving the taps running for 15 seconds wastes approximately 40 oz. of water. Installing low-flow aerator heads on all faucets can save an estimated 3-4 gallons per minute.

Bring your plants into the bathroom. Most will love the humidity and will require less watering. Plus they will add a relaxing ambiance that will coordinate nicely with long soaks in the tub, pleasant scents swirling around from aromatic candles and babbling brook nature sounds drifting from your CD.

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