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More Water Efficient Shower and Faucet Options for Your Home
By Eric Corey Freed
 
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Conserving Water

People love long, hot showers. And why not? For most people, the shower is the place to relax, think, or even practice for American Idol.

Showers account for 22% of the water use in North America. Depending on the type of showerhead you have, you could be using anywhere from 2.5 to 5 gallons every minute you’re in the shower.

Your faucets consume another 15% of your water just to provide for washing your hands, brushing your teeth, or shaving your face. The good news is, you can do some simple things to save water without sacrificing how you do all these everyday tasks.


Low-Flow Fixtures

Water-efficient showerheads can save you around $100 per year on your water and energy bills. Inexpensive and simple to install, low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators can reduce your home water consumption by half.

Because most of the water you use in the bathroom is hot water, this water is even more expensive and more important to conserve. Low-flow fixtures install in minutes. They don’t lower the water pressure — just the amount of water used.

Foot Pedals

Imagine how much water is wasted in between activities: while rubbing your hands with soap, while scrubbing dishes, or while brushing your teeth.

A fun and clever way to save water is to use foot-pedal controls at the sink. You set the temperature by hand, but the water only flows when you step on the pedal. You only use the water you need, because the water doesn’t run when your foot is off the pedal.

You’ll need a plumber to install the foot pedal, but it pays for itself in water savings in less than three years. Pedals can be installed to work with any faucet and in any sink cabinet.

 
 

 

 
 
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