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How to save water at home and bathroom

Do you know How to save water at home? If no, read the full article. The bathroom is the place in the house where more water is consumed and, also, this consumption has the energy cost of heating it. Several systems can help you save. Buy a faucet that will help you save on water. You will reduce waste of water as well as being more respectful of the environment. 

How to save water at home?

How to save water at home

If the taps in your house are old, with independent controls for cold and hot water, a good measure of saving is to replace them with single-lever taps. By controlling the opening and mixing of water with a single lever, you avoid wasting water to obtain the desired temperature.

Another mode of control of the water expense is using the taps with double position handle. This type of faucets has an opening stop at the middle of the route that lets out only 50% of the water flow. By pressing on this stop, the tap can continue to open and let 100% of the water pass, if necessary. This option is very useful when used by children.

Single-lever faucets with a cold central opening system contribute even more to energy saving.

Aerators: saves a lot for very little

aerators on taps

Every time we open the tap, we give out all the water flow that, most of the time, is unnecessary. But if you equip it with an aerator, you can save up to 50% water. These products are economical and are easily placed in the mouth of the tap. They mix the water with air reducing the flow, but without reducing the comfort and the sensation of the quantity of water. For example, if about 12 liters are consumed during a hand washing, with an aerator the consumption would be reduced to 6 liters.

Those that include the start-stop system have a small piece that, when pressed, opens the water passage or closes it with a single click without touching the handle of the tap.

Limit the flow in the hoses

Limit the flow in the hoses

Another option to reduce water consumption is to place flow limiters in the hoses. The hose is the flexible hose that connects the water pipe to the tap. A flow limiter can be placed on the hose that reduces the amount of water that passes through the pipe and saves water by up to 30%.

Saving water and energy in the shower or the bathtub is very easy if you choose a thermostatic solution, be it a tap, a combo or a shower column. Some sprinklers also include features that will help you save.

Thermostatic faucet: comfort and savings

How many times have you gone to take a shower and the time it takes for hot water to get out of time, without counting the waste of water and energy? If you opt for a thermostatic solution, be it a tap, a combo or a shower column, comfort is assured and will help you save water and energy. By setting the desired temperature, you will not waste water or energy in getting the temperature adequate. With a traditional tap, about 8 liters are used to heat the water, compared to the two that a thermostatic one needs.

Thermostatic faucet

Everything is advantages

• The water always comes out at the selected temperature and is maintained throughout the bath, even if another tap is opened in the house. The more quality the thermostatic cartridge has, the greater energy savings.

• The temperature lock at 38º prevents burns, and the body of the tap is insulated so that it always stays cold, regardless of the temperature at which the water comes out.

• Thanks to its flow limiter, the thermostatic faucets allow you to save between 20% and 50% water.

• As the water temperature does not change during the bath, the use of these faucets translates into savings of up to 20% on the gas or electric bill.

Shower sprinklers that save

Sometimes, we waste water by not closing the tap while we lather and have to return to regulate the temperature to rinse. The shower sprinklers with eco-stop button stop the flow of water with just a gesture, for example during soaping, and restore it with the same temperature and flow. This way you avoid wasting water even if the tap is kept open.

Some models also incorporate a flow reducer that favors even more savings. This system adapts automatically to changes in pressure, through mobile devices that narrow the passage of water.

Control flushing of the toilet

Controls flushing of the toilet

Have you ever told how many times a day you throw the tank in your house? This gesture involves spending up to 12 liters of water. Toilets with low cistern can save water by incorporating several systems.

Mechanisms of double discharge

The double discharge mechanisms have two buttons that allow choosing between two different volumes of discharge: 3-4 liters or 6-9 liters, instead of the 6 or 12 liters that traditional tanks spend. The system is easy to place. The reduction in water consumption is very noticeable.

Mechanisms with interruption of discharge

There are other types of mechanisms, with a single button, also designed to save water. With the first press the discharge of the cistern begins, and if it is pressed again, the discharge is interrupted before the cistern is completely emptied.

Adjustable filling faucets

Another option to save water in the toilet is to place an adjustable filler tap in the cistern. This type of taps, which adapt to all types of tanks with lateral entry, allow regulating the float manually. Thus, we can decide the amount of water that enters the tank every time it is filled, with the consequent savings.

Tank counterweights

This system saves water regardless of the type of tank, even if it is a tall cistern. It is a device that is easily placed and causes the automatic closing of the water outlet of the cistern tap when you stop pressing (in low cisterns) or throw (in high tanks) before it is completely emptied. That is, it converts the total download into the partial download.

Check the pressure of your home

In homes where the water pressure is very high, it is advisable to place a pressure reducer. In addition to reducing water consumption by 30%, you will avoid damage to the faucets and problems in the pipes and drains. The ideal pressure for a home is about 3 bars. To check if the pressure of your house is high, fill a one-liter bottle of water with the tap open to the maximum: if it is full in less than 4 seconds, it is excessive.

Tips to save water in the bathroom

Tips to save water in the bathroom

Repair the leaks. A toilet that loses water can spend 200,000 liters per year. The dripping of a tap is a waste of 30 liters a day (with this amount you could fill the toilet flush 5 times a day).

Ditch instead of bathing. A 5-minute shower needs 100 liters with normal flow and 50 liters if the faucet is equipped with a flow reducer. In a bath, up to 250 liters of water are consumed.

Turn off the tap while soaping, shaving or brushing your teeth. You will spend 12 liters less each time and about 10,000 liters per year.

If you use a trash can, you will save 6 to 12 liters each time. Also, throwing waste by the toilet makes the work of the sewage treatment plants and pollutes.

Install a pressure reducer or lightly close the key to your home. You will not notice the difference, and you will save a large amount of water daily.

Place saving devices in the tap and shower. With the aerators, you will reduce consumption by almost 50%.

It uses a double flushing system in the toilet. You will spend half. Another option is to introduce a bottle of water into the tank, to reduce its capacity.

If you still have separate faucets for cold and hot water, change them for a single mixing tap (single lever).

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