You’ve read part one of our guide to saving water with home renovations, and now you’re ready to learn even more ways to save money and water with small home renovations. Check out the rest of our guide below, adapted from HomeAdvisor’s guide!
5. Install a Water Aerator on Your Kitchen Sink
It doesn’t get much easier than this. Installing a water aerator is a cheap and simple way to cut down on the amount of water waste from simply using your kitchen sink. Aerators slow down the flow of water by introducing air, and can save you over a hundred dollars per year!
6. Purchase a Low Flow or Dual Flush Toilet
Many new homes have low or dual-flush toilets already, but, if you’re looking to make water-saving renovations to a newer home, this is a great place to start. Low-flow and dual-flush toilets reduce the amount of water per flush, which can reduce water use by over 67 percent, or up to 350 gallons per week.
If replacing your toilet isn’t in the budget right now, you can instead make small repairs. The flapper valve in particular can become less efficient and cause leaks, but it’s a simple fix.
7. Buy a New Shower Head
The best thing about installing a new shower head is that it can make your daily shower feel even more relaxing. The second-best thing is that it can save you tons of water and therefore money—older shower heads frequently dispense up to eight gallons of water per minute, whereas newer models dispense something like 2.5 gallons or less. That’s a huge amount of savings in both water and money, so invest in a new shower head if you’re looking to cut costs over time.
8. Replace Old Appliances with Energy Efficient Models
Replacing your appliances is a big investment, but it also has big saving. Swapping your top-load washer to a front-load washer can cut your water usage for laundry in half. When shopping, look out for Energy Star appliances, which meet EPA and Department of Energy standards for saving energy.
These are just a few of the ways you can cut your water usage and save money in the long run. What are your favorite water-saving renovations you’ve made? Let us know in the comments!
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