Thursday, February 28, 2013

Water Conservation Month

Shouldn't March be the World Water Conservation Month?  The average US citizen uses upwards of 80-100 gallons of water per day!  Showers, drinking water, dishes and flushing the toilet all add up to multiple wasted gallons per day which equate to and impact on the environment and your pocket book.

So what can you do to help save water?  Here at Chown Hardware, we can offer multiple options to help do your part to conserve more water around your personal home.

Shower heads, national standard is 2.5 gallons per minute flow from each shower head.  How many of you have "accidentally" lost the restrictor from the head in order to get more water flow and improve performance?  Shower head manufacturers such as Hansgrohe have started introducing air induced shower heads.  What this technology does is adds air pressure to head which in turn adds pressure to the water coming out of the head and functioning like a high flow head.  Typical air induced heads are flowing at 1.5gpm and feel even better than a standard shower head.  A 10 minute shower equates to a ten gallon per shower savings of water!
Showers with 10 different heads are also becoming a thing of the past, instead of standing in a personal "car wash" how about the luxury of a steam shower.  You can get all of the benefits from cleansing of  toxins from your skin with less than 2 gallons of water and this is for over an hour of pure steaming pleasure.

Lavatory and kitchen faucets have also came out with low flow options, the standard 2.2gpm can really rack up when your rinsing dishes or just brushing your teeth.  Again with air technology, manufacturers are now putting aerators that run effectively at 1.5gpm.

Finally, the big water user, the toilet.  Just 20 short years ago we were flushing over 5 gallons of water per flush, with a change going to 3.5 then 2.5 and presently under 2 gallons per flush is very common.  Manufacturers such as Icera that we talked about last month are even using 1.28 gallons per flush with a better cleaning action of those fixtures from the past at over half the consumption!

The plumbing and hardware experts at Chown Hardware can help guide you through the conservation maze and get you into the most efficient house possible both saving you money and the planets very valuable resource of water.  Give us a call, were here to help!

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