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Published on October 22nd, 2007 | by Stephanie Evans


Reduce Water Use

Reducing water consumption and protecting water quality are key objectives of sustainable living and green home design.  Whether your goal is simply making a more sustainable home for yourself or earning a LEED Green Building Certification, the ability to reduce water use in your home is a green living essential.  Let’s take a look at some small scale water conservation efforts that have huge ripples of global impact.

  • To save water inside the house, you should first fix any leaks or drips.
  • You and your family can use less water by adding low-flow aerators to your sink faucets and changing to low flow showerheads.  Using low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators can reduce your home water consumption by as much as 50 percent, and reduce the energy used to heat water by as much as 50 percent.  Aerators work by mixing air into the water stream to maintain steady water pressure giving an even stream.  Other low flow faucet heads mainly used in shower heads uses a pulsed stream to cut back on water used.
  • Save water outdoors by incorporating native plants into your landscape plan and minimizing high-maintenance landscaping such as turf grass.  Opt instead for lawns and plants that are more tolerant to dry areas and the heat, which will reduce the need to water them.

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