5 products to help limit water use
The average household spends $500 per year on water bills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That cost, though, can be curbed with the installation of fixtures that reduce flow and promote efficiency.
In fact, using water-saving products, such as those listed below, can save roughly $170 a year, according to Realtor.com.
1. Low-flow kitchen faucet
These faucets limit the flow of water to 2.2 gallons per minute or less. Thanks to federal regulations, most kitchen faucets in the United States already are low-flow. Prices, though, will vary based on included features, such as touch-on and touch-off functions.
2. Faucet aerator
An aerator attached to a faucet can reduce the amount of water that comes out at one time. The small mesh screen cap easily screws onto the tip of the faucet. It acts in the same way as a low-flow faucet but costs $5 or less.
3. Low-flow shower head
According to the EPA, the average family could save 2,900 gallons per year by installing WaterSense-certified shower heads. Low-flow models minimize water flow to a maximum of 2 gpm. They limit water use and energy used to heat the water, and can save you $60 to $100 annually.
4. Low-flow bathroom faucet
Replacing inefficient bathroom faucets with low-flow models can save the average family 700 gallons of water per year, according to the EPA. That's equal to the amount of water needed to take about 40 showers. Low-flow bathroom faucets limit flow to a maximum of 1.5 gallons per minute and save about 30 percent of water compared to conventional faucets.
5. Dual-flush toilet
The EPA says residential toilets account for nearly 30 percent of an average home's indoor water consumption. But dual-flush toilets can significantly cut water waste because they offer two flush options that are based on the amount of water that's used to flush the toilet: low for liquids and high for solids. They typically have a maximum of 1.28 gallons per flush. The use of less water can save about $130 per year.