Simple home water conservation practices really add up

| by Larry Acker
Simple home water conservation practices really add up

Most of us have grown up with “limitless” water.  You turn on the faucet and it is always right there.  But as we have seen in the drought-stricken SW United States and as far as northern California water has become a critical commodity. Some simply steps you can do in your own home, whether you are in a drought area or not, will save precious water and money for your future use.  Small leaks are present in ten percent of US homes, accounting for 90 gallons of water per day being wasted.  Fixing these leaks often require little more than a new washer or a simple tightening with a wrench or screwdriver.  Don’t let the water to run while you brush your teeth or shave.  The average bathroom faucet provides two gallon of water per minute.  Do the math.  And while we are in the bathroom, don’t toss a facial tissue in the toilet and flush it.  That wastes gallons of water needlessly.  The dishwasher is another source of water waste.  It uses the same amount of water regardless of the number of dishes so run it only when it is full.  These simple adjustments multiplied by the homes in your community will impact your aquifer so it will have more water for your future.  And, you will save money!

Another way to save water and energy is to install an ACT D’Mand Kontrols® System, which eliminates the need to run your water for minutes to get hot water.  This simple installation saves an average of $250 to $300 per year per home.  It runs only when the demand for hot water activates it, resulting in an annual cost to operate at $1 per year.  The ACT D’Mand Kontrols System is approved by every major Green Building program.  For more information visit

Topics: Water Heaters, Water Saving Devices

Companies: ACT D'MAND Systems

Larry Acker
Larry Acker is the CEO of ACT, Inc. D'MAND Kontrol Systems®. Involved with energy, water and energy conservation for 45 years, Larry is considered a leading authority regarding residential water and energy efficiency. Larry has been a featured speaker at major conferences throughout the world supporting ASHRAE, IAMPO, AWWA, ACEEE, PHCC and SB-08. Larry has written featured articles for National Trade Magazines and was the Chairman of the Pacific Coast Builders Conference in 2001. www

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