Conserve water and conserve a few dollars by making some minor changes in your home. You need to use water daily, but these tips and a couple of new pieces of hardware will have you sending less down the drain. It’s time to focus on the source – your faucets!
The kitchen and bathroom faucets can account for almost 16% of your household water use. By adding faucet aerators, you can save a significant amount of water used in those areas. Screw-on aerators only cost a few dollars apiece, so that minimal initial investment can be recouped in a month of water savings.
Older faucets without aerators can use up to five gallons of water in a minute. Aerated faucets will use substantially less, without you even noticing that you’re saving water. In a Seattle study, water use was measured in single-family homes before and after installation of low-flow aerators (DeOreo, et. al. 2001). The aerators generated a 13% decrease in water use, with the average family member saving more than a gallon of water a day – each. A family of four could be expected to save over 1,700 gallons of water over the course of a year.
Installation can be as easy as unscrewing an old aerator and screwing on a new one. If you have aerators on your faucets already, check the flow rate imprinted on the side. Anything rated higher than 2.75gpm should be replaced with an updated model. Most new faucets are threaded to accept aerators. Simply add a piece of white pipe tape around the new aerator, place a rubber washer in the end, and screw into place on the faucet. That’s all it takes!
By spending a few dollars for aerators and a few minutes of your time, you will save a noticeable amount of resources. Once in place, you never even have to think about saving water out of your bathroom and kitchen faucets. Adding aerators in your home is a no-brainer for water conservation!