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What Devices are Best for Saving Water in your Home

 

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When looking around the house for ways to go even greener than before, looking at how to save water is often a great choice or route to go down. Not only is it an excellent way to help save on the growing demand we have for h20, but you can save money on home bills. Most solutions for saving water are actually surprisingly cheap, and as more and more water suppliers and plumbing companies are brought around to a green frame of mind, it is you who sees the benefits.

There are loads of freebies and cheap gizmos you can pick up to help save water from both taps and toilets, and, for those looking to make a massive difference, a few more expensive but comprehensive options. Sometimes it’s the little things that make the difference, but the big ones can’t hurt either. Here we’ll be looking at some of the best water saving devices you can install in your home. 

We’ve dividing them into a few sections to help you know what they are and how you can go about using them. These are Additions, which are easy options that you can apply to your existing fittings, Modifications, where by putting in a little effort to changing your existing fixtures you can make a big difference and finally Installations. Installing new water devices is the most expensive and toughest work but will overall probably save the most water and possibly money. 

 

 

In a time when droughts are becoming more and more common, there’s never been a better time to explore a few of these nifty devices. 

Additions 

For quick and easy ways to save water, it’s a great idea to get in touch with your water supplier to see what they may provide for you. There is a whole range of products available that are quick, easy, and help you save that little bit extra water. 

Save-a-flush, for instance, is a bag filled with biodegradable polymer crystals that you place at the bottom of your toilet cistern. It sounds simple enough, but what this ingenious device does is expand on contact with water to reduce flow. These are often completely free from most water suppliers and can help save around $30 a year.  

Whilst it may not seem like much of a device, a Shower Timer, given for free by a lot of water supplier or purchased for a very low price, can really make a difference. By timing your showering you could shave off nearly $16 a year per minute. If you can get the whole family to shorten their shower time by just one minute each that saving gets larger and larger. 

Lastly in our additions section, have you considered getting a hose trigger? If you, like so many of us do in the summer months, water your garden and all your hard earned foliage you’ll know how much water you can end up using. When irrigating your vegetable patch, invest in a special water saving hose head and trigger, it will cut down on the constant flow of water and allow you a more controlled spray, actually giving you a more efficient smattering of hydration too. 

Modifications 

It’s clear to see that by making such tiny changes to your day to day water usage you can not only save a surprising amount of money, but also do that little extra bit for the environment. If you wish to make your water usage go even further, why not consider a series of small modifications that will help take your green quest to the next level.

A Swivel Tap, to add to your house faucets is a nifty gadget that can not only give you a directional option for water flow, but reduce the amount of water used with turn of the tap. These can provide an output of 8 litres a minute. The more efficient your water flow then the shorter time you will need to use your water supply for. These can also provide aeration to the flowing water, offering you the same water pressure but with less water. 

Possibly one of the best known devices you can add to modify your current water devices is a dual flush button to add to your toilet. One of the biggest losses of water in a household is through flushing the toilet. As we can see in the additions section there are a number of things you can do to prevent water loss from a toilet flush, but the best solution is to reduce the amount you’re actually flushing. 

Dual flush buttons are becoming more and more common in toilets and offer two different levels of water flushing, depending on how much water you need for your usage. These are a great way to introduce the kids to water usage, by showing them a fun button system you will not only teach them about the value of resource conservation, but also how they can make a difference. 

Installation 

Finally, if you really want to gain a level of independence from your water supply there are a series of items you can install to help not only reuse of your own water supply, but take advantage of rainwater. Whilst it requires a bit more effort, these can make a massive difference, not to mention saving you gallons of water. 

A bath water diverter can be installed to the external house bathroom pipe, and divert any ‘grey’ water to an outdoor water butt, which acts as a water storage device for your household. With this collected water you could use it to water your garden with your easily fitting hose trigger or, with the purchase of a water filter, even use it for drinking or other domestic uses. 

Finally, and possibly the most expensive, if you live in an area that receives its fair share of rainfall then a rainwater harvester may be just the thing to really slash your water costs. These can be installed on your roof to the guttering or in your backyard, like the water butt you receive a large water collection stored for your own use. 

Using a filter, this can really help save you money and water usage. By filtering it into a washing machine you can reduce if not make disappear any water used for cleaning clothes and dishes in your kitchen machines. This water could even be used for your baths and showers. This might not initially be a cheap system to install, but may potentially give you a lifetime supply of free water. 

Water Saving Devices 

There are more and more devices being made and sold each day to help you save water in your home. From little fixes like the save-a-flush all the way to installing a micro water processing plant in your backyard, the possibilities are endless. Being environmentally savvy is becoming an increasingly realistic and attainable goal for homes across the world. 

How many of these do you think you can use? Do you already make use of any of those mentioned? Do you have any other recommendations? Let us know in the comments!

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This blog was written by Jennifer Smith on behalf of http://greendealshop.com, the UK’s One Stop Shop for all things Green Deal.