If you’re about to embark on a renovation or remodel in the kitchen or bathroom, chances are you’re headed for a marathon of decision-making. From floors to cabinets, to electrics, water, and gas, the list is lengthy; seemingly never ending. These types of renovations involve all, or most, of the utilities and therefore have the most options to deliberate over. While you’re making these decisions is the perfect opportunity to enhance the eco-friendly effects of your new room. One of the best ways you can reduce your home’s carbon footprint is by saving water with these unique features.
In The Kitchen
Whether you’re washing dishes or boiling water for cooking the kitchen uses a lot of water. It may not be as much as the bathroom, but according to the EPA the average household uses around 400 gallons of water in a day. So roughly 12,000 gallons in a single month. No big deal. Except it is, it totally is. And the kitchen pulls its weight.
The first step to save water in your kitchen is by having an energy efficient dishwasher. You most likely already have one since the last time the standards changed was 1994 when dishwashers went from using 10-15 gallons of water per load, to only 5. Appliances being what they are, a dishwasher 25 years or older has most likely bit the dust.
The second step is using your dishwasher wisely. For starters, don’t run a cycle with a less-than-full load. We promise you have enough dishes to use to wait until you fill your dishwasher to run a cycle. You can always hand wash that 1 thing you need right then and there. Another helpful hint is avoiding the one-hour setting. Yes, it takes less time, but to produce the same results your machine will use twice the amount of water and electricity. Run your dishwasher overnight and you never have to worry about the amount of time it takes.
In The Bathroom
Moving to the ultimate water using room, the bathroom. 70 percent of household water used is indoors. Roughly 50 percent of that is from the bathroom. Luckily, there are features for every facet of your bathroom to help control your water usage.
Dual Tank and Low Flow toilets are a great place to start. A little more than 27 percent of the home’s water usage is literally flushed down the toilet. Traditional toilets use around 7 gallons per flush. High-efficiency models use up to only 1.6 gallons. Even if you have a two-flush situation, you’re still using half the amount of water to get rid of waste than you would otherwise.
High-efficiency faucets are perfect for the bathroom and kitchen alike. Most faucets put out 2.2 gallons of water per minute. Low-flow faucets cut this by about half. Faucets with ceramic disc valves control leaks better. You won’t be inhibited with your decor choices either. Innovation and design have come together to provide us with stylish practicality.
Aerated shower heads are the perfect answer for using less water in the shower. These types of shower heads use air to move and separate water, giving the feeling of the same pressure and amount of water used. Granted, you could probably still stand to take shorter showers, but on the occasion that you do indulge, this will help you achieve the same calming, cleansing goal while using half the amount of water.
You won’t have to sacrifice function for aesthetic, or vice versa. As mentioned, the technology has been around for a while now and the interior decorating world has risen to the challenge. When it’s time for a new and improved kitchen or bathroom, you can bring it into the future with these sensible water saving features.