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Reducing Your Home's Water Consumption

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As a homeowner, there are many things you can do to help reduce your costs and your environmental impact. One of the things you should do is reduce your home's water consumption. Whether you pay for water or you have a well, reducing your water consumption is important. For homeowners who pay for water, reducing consumption will save you money. If you have a well, it helps to preserve your well's operation. In both cases, it also helps to minimize water waste. Here are a few things you can do to help regulate your water use.

Add Aerators To Your Faucets

Aerators are a great way to reduce your water consumption. Incorporating air into the water coming out of your faucet gives you consistent pressure without increasing the actual water flow itself. In addition, they quiet the water flow from the faucet. One of the best reasons to consider adding aerators to your home's faucets is because they are an affordable investment and they significantly reduce the amount of water consumed when you turn on the faucet.

Replace Your Toilets With Low-Flow Models

Replacing the toilets in your bathrooms can significantly cut down on water waste in your home. Older toilet models can use several gallons of water per flush, while many of the low-flow models will use only a little over a gallon of water. If you really want to reduce your water consumption, you can invest in dual-flush models, which allow you to use less water for liquid waste and only increase the water flow for solid waste. This can minimize the water waste, and the toilets themselves aren't that expensive. What's better is that you can install them yourself if you're comfortable, or you can hire plumbing services to do it for you.

Install A Recirculation Pump For Your Hot Water Lines

Another common source of water waste in most homes is the water that flows through your faucets while you're waiting for the water to warm up. If you install a recirculation pump, it will keep the hot water on demand, so you don't have to keep running the water while you wait for it to heat up. This will significantly reduce wasted water, since most people don't collect and reuse that water. Recirculation pumps aren't complex to install, but it's often best to have them put in by a plumber instead. That way, you don't have to worry about any leaks or other issues.