How to decrease kitchen faucet water usage: Some tips
It is still necessary to remember that water is a rare resource, certainly the most precious one of our planet. Like any precious commodity, water needs to be saved.
In our homes, there are many water consuming stations such as kitchen faucets, that with a few simple gestures, it is very simple to reduce their consumption.
How to save tap water
– Collect kitchen water
In the kitchen, collect the rinsing water from the salad or vegetables to water the garden or flowers, and use the cooking water from the pot to wash the floors.
– Detect invisible leaks
Do you think you have excessive water consumption, but can not find a water leak in your dwelling? Some leaks of water are invisible, but are very easy to detect with this simple test to be carried out twice a year:
In the morning, read the numbers on the water meter. Then, throughout the day, count the number of flushes that will be operated, the number of liters used for cooking, dishes, and any water intake. For a shower, average 60l.
Take note of the total and check the water meter the next morning. If the difference with your calculation is greater than a few hundred liters of water, you may have a problem of water leakage.
Take this other test test: turn off the valves, stop all appliances that consume water, and then look again at the meter: if it turns even gently, you have an invisible water leak in your housing. At this point you need a professional to fix it.
– Install foam on the kitchen faucet
Install water-saving devices on your tap, like aerators, foam or thermostatic mixers. Thanks to an optimal mixture of air and water, the water flow is reduced by half compared to a conventional installation, that is to say 6 liters per minute instead of 12, while maintaining the same ease of use!
– Adjust the flush settings
Adjust the mechanism of your flush or set up a two-flush system to effectively reduce your water consumption in your toilet. Knowing that a single person uses a lot of water per day to flush (on average, a flush contains 9 liters of water and one person does this multiple times per day), you can save a ton of water per day.
For older models, a tip: place one or two bricks at the bottom of the tank!
– Monitor faucet and flush leaks
Leaks on a faucet or flush are common, and they can cost you dearly, even if they do not damage your home.
Do not let a faucet or toilet leak. A small leak in the toilet bowl wastes many liters of clean water in a day.
Most of the time, you can solve the problem in a few minutes: tighten a connection, replace a defective joint, and say goodbye to the leaks that waste water easily.
– Avoid letting the water run
Take showers instead of baths, and shot off the water when you soap up: you will use 3 times less water and energy! You can also install a stop-shower system, or a low flow head.
– Isolate the hot water pipes
Buy some insulating rolls and wrap them on your hot water pipe, if you can, from the water heater to the faucet. With less heat loss, the hot water will flow better, and you will save money on electricity.