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From the LI Water Conference: October 19, 2011

Water-efficient home plumbing products conserve water and cut costs

Nobody likes to spend excess money, and one way to alleviate extra spending is to conserve water in the home. By closely monitoring the amount of water one uses, and implementing easy and simple changes in the home it becomes possible to lower water bills.

One of the easiest ways to save money is to use water-efficient home plumbing products such as aerated showerheads, energy efficient clothes washers and 1.6 gallon-per-flush toilets. The New York State Building Code requires the installation of these water saving plumbing fixtures in newly constructed homes, however, the existing fixtures in older homes may not be water-efficient. An aerated showerhead mixes water and air, which utilizes less water but results in a similar water flow to that of a normal shower head. By saving approximately sixty percent of water that would normally be used, aerated showerheads will lead to savings on both water and heating bills.

Using an energy-efficient washing machine is also a way to conserve water and save money. According to an industry analysis, average American families wash almost 300 loads of laundry each year amounting to expansive water bills. Energy-efficient washing machines have greater tub capacity so they are able to wash the same amount of laundry in fewer loads and have the ability to rinse clothes with repeated high-pressure spraying, as opposed to soaking them in a full tub of water. These changes, while small, are absolutely significant and ultimately lower water bills.

In addition, 1.6 gallon-per-flush toilets are again an easy and inexpensive way to save money and conserve water. Approximately 30 percent of water in a given home is used to flush toilets. Average homes will save roughly 15,000 gallons of water usage each year and cost generally half as much to operate.

Let us not forget our irrigation water use. By simply adding a rain sensor you can save hundreds of gallons of water.

By using these products, residents will not only lower water costs, but will also considerably alleviate pressure on their local water suppliers, which is extremely important in densely populated regions like Long Island. Saving water does not just save money for the individual, but it saves for the entire community. Given the nature of the economy and how expensive life has become, conserving water is an absolute win-win situation for everyone!