Water saving tips for your shower and bath
A low-flow showerhead is designed to cut the water flow from five gallons per minute for the standard showerhead to 2.5 gallons. Cut it half again with a five-minute shower instead of a long ten-minute one. An average of 150 gallons per month per person are also saved by simply washing your hair with the shower off. Wow, that alone saves 7,200 gallons for a family of four!
Baths use a lot of water. Tubs generally hold up to 70 gallons of water. Use less water and plug the bathtub drain before turning on the water, using the ambient water, and then adjusting the water temperature as the tub fills. Or, take a quick shower!
This tip is sponsored by Advanced Conservation Technologies (ACT) D’MAND. Its proven, patented and Department of Energy-recognized plumbing enhancement, Structured Plumbing® is saving millions of gallons of water annually. Their recirculating pump returns the ambient water sitting idle in a home’s hot water line back to the hot water tank or tankless heater at the push of a button. The ACT D’MAND Kontrols System® saves over 10,000 gallons of water per household from being wasted while waiting for hot water. In addition, the point-of-use receives hot water in three to five seconds instead of several minutes. The annual savings for the homeowner is about $300. The ROI is less than two years.
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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