Did you know that every day, Indians waste up to 45 litres of water? Yes, there’s a lot of water that gets wasted in your home without your knowledge. For instance, when you’re brushing your teeth while the water is running, you waste at least a quart of water. While it may seem like a little amount, it can add up to gallons of water over time.
However, this should not worry you too much as there are many water-saving gadgets and smart devices that can augment your water conservation efforts at home. Here are some water saving devices and gadgets for your household plumbing;
Different Types of Smart Water Saving Devices for Household Plumbing
01. Rainfall Shut-off Devices
Rainfall shut-off devices are also known as rain sensors and are connected to your sprinkler system to shut it off whenever there is a rain shower or moisture in the soil. They’re designed to interfere automatically with the amount of rainfall cycle. Whenever a precise amount of rainfall occurs, the rain sensors interrupt the solenoid valves till the sensor dries.
The good thing about installing this device in your home is that it will save you money by reducing lawn maintenance costs and utility bills. It interrupts the irrigation system after adequate rainfall. It will also conserve water by preventing irrigation after it rains.
02. Greywater Diverters
If you’re looking for a device for recycling water from laundry into a storing container, the greywater diverter is the best solution or you. This device can be of great help in your house as it helps you use water sparingly.
For instance, you can use recycled water for gardening or to flush the toilet. However, you should ensure that you use environmentally friendly products like soaps, bleach, stain lifters, and micro-beads products. Those products don’t leave any hazardous chemicals in the water.
03. Shower Timers
If there’s one place in your house that you need to target for minimizing water usage, it is in the bathroom. Most of the water wastage is caused in the bathroom. According to studies, about 30% of the water used in an average Indian household goes down the bathroom drain. Do you know what the solution is? – Shower timer.
With this device in your home, you can measure the water that everybody uses in the shower. In case you take too long in the shower, the shower timer will warn you. Besides saving you from huge water bills, shower timers are also effortless to install onto the showers.
04. Low Flow Aerators
Low flow aerators reduce the water flow from faucets without lowering its pressure and splashing. In other words, it helps you save on both energy and pressure. Additionally, it lowers your household water usage by almost 4%.
To install his device, you need to unscrew the existing aerator by hand or with a small pipe wrench and screw on the new one onto the faucet. Installing a low flow high-efficiency faucet aerator cuts the amount of water released from a faucet. This not only assists in water conservation, but also reduces your household energy bills.
05. Automatic Shut-off Nozzles
An automatic shut-off nozzle is a device that helps you conserve the water in your home. The device has a water flow restrictor and is flawless when it comes to reducing the amount of water used in your kitchen or sink. It’s installed between the showerhead and the pipe and automatically shuts off the nozzle.
To operate it, you must use your thumb to turn the valve. If you are shampooing or soaping your body, the water will automatically go off. When you’re ready to rinse, flip the switch back on. The beauty of the automatic shut-off nozzle is that it can be used for more than just bathroom showers. It can also be used in water taps for your garden.
06. Low Flow Water-Efficient Showerheads
While each Indian household wastes up to 45 litres of water every day, there are low flow water-efficient showerheads that can reduce this wastage by using 1.5 gallons i.e. 6 to 7 litres (or less) of water per minute. These showerheads are designed to reduce the amount of water wasted in your home, making it more water-efficient.
These showerheads reduce the usage of both energy and water, hence reducing the amount of money spent on bills. Unlike shower timers, showerheads can’t control the duration of your shower, but they can help with your water heating costs.
07. Rainwater Tanks
Rainwater tanks or barrels are used for collecting and storing rainwater from rooftops through pipes. The water harvested here can be used to water your flowerbeds and lawns. The most popular rainwater tanks are made of plastic (polyethylene) because they’re durable, low weight and relatively cheap.
The advantage of these tanks is that once installed, all the water is free. Therefore, you will save money on water bills in the long run. Is this not a good deal?
08. Dual Flush Toilet Converters
Without a doubt, most of the water used in households is in the toilets. They use almost 30% of your household’s water. However, installing dual flush toilet converters in your home can help you cut the water bill as it releases only 1.5 gallons i.e. 6 to 7 litres of water for solid waste and 0.5 gallons i.e. 2 litres of water for urine.
To install it, you need to turn off the water supply to the toilet, drain out any water in the tank, and remove the old flush valve by unscrewing the same. Then, pull the old device out and install the new one. You can then restore the toilet water supply. Have you ever heard of a phrase that goes “Double whammy and double benefits”? If yes, then don’t consider the cost of the devices mentioned above. However, consider the amount of money you’d save on water and energy bills in the long run.
Which other water saving devices or gadgets do you use in your home? Please leave a reply in the comment box.
Jennifer Kiminza – Jennifer Kiminza is a content writer and content marketing professional at Hub Spot, an inbound marketing and sales platform that helps companies attract visitors, convert leads, and close customers. Previously, Jennifer worked as a marketing manager for a tech software startup. She graduated with honors from Nairobi University with a dual degree in Business Administration and Creative Writing.
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