by Pete Sanders
(Fort Worth, Texas, USA)
Saving energy in the home doesn't just mean reducing electricity and gas usage - it also means making use of water saving devices that can help you cut down on your consumption.
Water suppliers use energy to supply water to our homes, and we must pay for the energy it takes to produce hot water. By reducing the water you use you'll be saving money and helping the environment.
Water Saving Devices That Can Help Make Saving Easier:
There are a number of water saving devices available that can make it easier to cut down on the water we use. One example is a device that can be placed in your toilet system to reduce the amount of water used for each flush.
Although you can buy these, you can also quickly make your own by placing a brick inside the back of your toilet. Even better, opt for a low flow toilet.
Changing your shower head from a high flow rate one to an energy efficient one could save a huge amount of money due to the fact that less water will need to be heated. This switch alone could cut the water you use each shower in half!
Another example of a device that doesn't directly save water is a shower timer. It senses how much water you've been using - i.e. how long you've been showering for - and lets you know if you've been in too long. These kind of devices are great at helping you to become more aware of what you're using.
When you're running water from the faucet it literally uses liters of water every single minute. To help reduce waste, turn it off when you're brushing your teeth, and wash your dishes using a bowl rather than doing so under the running faucet. And if you've got a leak it's important to get it repaired as fast as possible!
We use a lot of heated water when we bathe - but far more is needed to fill a bathtub than would be used it we had a shower instead. Try to limit showers to five minutes and you'll be doing a lot to reduce energy bills and stop wasting water.
The good news is that water saving devices cost relatively little but can help you to save a lot of money on your bills.
In addition, simply becoming more aware of the water you use will really make a difference to the environment and how much you're paying to heat the water.
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