Since 1970 Earth Day has been celebrated throughout 192 countries worldwide. Its aim is to raise awareness about the environmental health of the planet. On this day people engage in eco-friendly activities to help the environment. We have a few home improvement ideas which will help you become more energy-efficient, celebrate the event and save money at the same time.
They will help you save water and prevent major plumbing problems and property damage. Here is a check list of the essential inspections and improvements you can take advantage of.
1. Find And Repair Leaks
Check or have pipes inspected for leaks by a local plumber. If there are any, they will increase your water supply bills. The small drips might not look that serious, but keep in mind your home will lose approximately 20 gallons of water per day, if you don’t fix them. If neglected for a longer period of time, the leakage might enlarge and cause even greater problems. Then you will have to spare money for water damage and serious plumbing repairs.
You should check toilets, as well. A simple way to do it is to place a toilet cleaning block in the cistern. They are usually died in a certain colour, for example blue. After you’ve added it carefully inspect for any coloured water flowing in the toilet .
2. Add Aerators And Low Flow Faucets
Statistical data shows aerators reduce water use up to 60%, which is approximately 280 gallons of water. You will feel the difference, especially if you’re using more hot water. As they economise on water, the energy used to warm it will decrease, as well.
3. Look For Innovative Faucets To Monitor And Control Water
iSave Water Counter
iSave is a digital gadget which attaches to the shower head or sink tap. It has a display which shows exactly how much water you’re using. What’s more, the energy iSave consumes is produced by the water which runs through it.
1 Litre Limit
Ordinary faucets waste up to 6 gallons of water for half a minute. The peculiar design of 1 Litre Limit allows you to use exactly 1 L of water per wash. The faucet has a transparent pipe-like container, which shows how much water is left till the next refill. If you want to install one, it would be better to place it on the bathroom sink, as you won’t use it as frequently as in the kitchen for example.
Sim Qiu, design student in London’s Royal College Of Art has invented the water-efficient Swirl faucet. The water goes through a pipeline which makes it run in spirals and saves up to 15% of water. Sadly this elegantly-designed water tap has not gone into mass production yet.
4. Replace Regular With Low Flow Toilets
Most people who live in older buildings have older toilets. Their flush consumes approximately 14% of the water in an average household. This makes them inefficient when it comes to water use. Instead you can install low-flow toilets. They work either with a pressure or gravity-assisted mechanism and use up to 1.3 gallons per flush, as opposed to older models which use 1.6 gallons per flush.
5. Low-Flow Shower Heads
There are water-efficient solutions, when it comes to shower heads, as well. Water-smart shower heads use up to 1.25 gallons per minute. This is a significant difference, compared to regular showers -2.5 gallons per minute.
6. Install A Dishwasher
Installing an eco-class dishwasher will use way less water to function. It might seem pricey at first, but it will return the investment. Dish washing machines are more environment-friendly, as they use less water to function. They need approximately 4 gallons of water for a full cycle. Manual dish washing might result in wasting about 20 gallons of water for each wash.