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Not just a drop in the bucket!

23 Aug

Our water bill is not the hugest of our bills, but I still am always trying to find ways to save on water. It not only benefits our budget, but helps the environment.

One thing we did a few years ago was to install a new showerhead. We got an evolve Roadrunner at our local Earth Day festival. This showerhead not only is low flow (1.5 gallons per minute), but it has a neat ShowerStart device. You turn on the shower and once it gets hot, it shuts down to a trickle. This way if you are doing other things while the water is warming up, you are not wasting water. When you hear the shower flow change, you can get in. Then you pull the lever and it goes back to full force. We love it! Here is a link to see the product (and others by the same company):
www.evolveshowerheads.com

Below are some other resources to help you in your quest to save dough and water!

Water: Use it Wisely
This site (http://www.wateruseitwisely.com/) includes:
“100 Ways to Conserve”http://www.wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/index.php
– a great extensive list of links and resources
– information for kids
– a blog with current news and information

H2Ouse:
On this website you can take a tour to investigate water savings opportunities around specific areas of your home.
http://www.h2ouse.net/ 

WaterSense:
This is a program of the EPA to increase water efficiency. They also sponsor the WaterSense labeling program, which promotes water efficient products and services. The website also includes information on tips for water efficiency in your home, rebates for installing WaterSense labeled products, a tool to calculate your water savings, and information for kids.
http://www.epa.gov/watersense/index.html

Other things you can do:
The EPA offers tips for what you can do to protect human health and the environment with respect to potential threats to water supply.
http://water.epa.gov/action/

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