• Howard Gallagher

5 Home Improvement Projects That Save Water

Your home uses several gallons of water every day. According to the water research foundation. The average household water usage amounts 138 gallons of water per day. This is important for the needs of your family. However 138 gallons a day is over per month which is over 1656 gallons annually. This adds up very quickly to your water bill. Here are a few home improvement projects that can save you water ,energy and money.

Repair Leaking Pipes and Faucets

Sudden and Hidden leaks in your home can cause water damage. Damp walls, mold, and higher than normal utility bills are signs you are dealing with a leak. One way to detect leaks is with a water meter. Observe your water meter reading during a period of time where water isn’t being used. If you see the water meter reading show a change then you may have a leak. A more efficient method is using leak detectors and water shut off systems. For example a flood sensor can be placed on the floor close to wherever you think a leak may occur. This could be next to the washing machine, under the kitchen sink, or behind the toilet. This information can be monitored from your Alexa , Apple Home Kit or Google Assistant.

Install a Rain Barrel

A rain barrel is a simple and affordable way to reduce your water bill and help the environment. They range from 40 gallons up to 55 gallons. Make sure you place your rain barrel on level footing. A mesh grid or cover should be placed on top of the barrel to prevent pests from going inside. Check with your local and state laws for restrictions.  

Install a Water Aerator on Your Kitchen Sink

An aerator makes your faucet more efficient. The device limits water flow to a non-splashing stream. This slows the flow of water to cut water waste. This home improvement project can be done without professional help. Simply screw it onto your faucet head.

Upgrades to Your Appliances And Systems

Home appliances and mechanical systems are becoming more efficient by the year. Newer appliances tend to use less energy and water than their earlier counterparts. For example,New ENERGY STAR-rated dishwashers use approximately 40% less water than older models. A new washing machine hose can prevent indoor flooding. Every time your washing machine shuts off, it sends a water hammer or shock through your pipes. This gradually weakens the washing machine hose. Replacing your washing machine hose can prevent this issue. Lastly, Adding a thermostatic mixing valve to your water heater can greatly reduce your water bill. This part mixes both hot and cold water to maintain a safe temperature of water in your faucet. Your water heater may be on a high setting but less water is being used each time.

Purchase a Low Flow Toilet

Older models depending on when manufactured can use 5-7 gallons of water per day. High efficiency toilets tend to use 1.3 gallons of water per flush. A low-flow or dual flush toilet will save thousands of gallons of water a year and reduce the load on your septic system. If you don’t wish to replace your toilet then the alternative is to replace the flapper valve.