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Best Water Efficiency Practices for Homeowners

March 25th, 2014

March 22nd marked World Water Day, a day used to highlight how important fresh water is to the planet and how much of the world’s population struggles to get reliable clean freshwater every day. Canadians are the second largest users of water in the world with an astounding 343 litres per day per capita. Only the Americans use more than we do, coming in at 382 litres per capita. Our large use of water is mostly due to a lack of awareness as well as underpricing for its use by municipalities.

If you live in or near the Greater Toronto Area you will know that the conservation efforts by municipalities have resulted in a 10% decrease in water use by citizens and businesses. While this is a good thing, the municipalities are complaining that their water treatment facilities are going broke due to a lack of revenue from water use. Hmm, clearly there’s a problem – but it’s not conservation. A water scarcity threat map of Canada shows that southwestern Ontario and the prairies are the two places in Canada where water scarcity threats exist.

In the event that there is a water shortage in your area this summer and beyond, or if your rates go up, or you just want to be a better citizen, here are some tips from cheapest and easiest, to the most expensive and invasive to achieve. The most effective way to conserve water in your home is to change out your toilet if you have the old 12 gallon one to a 0.8 gallon/3 L toilet.  You’ll be using 1/12  the water to flush that you used to. That’s a lot of water!

Gray water on the cheap: Gray water is reusing water that has already been used for one purpose so it’s not completely sanitary, but is good enough to use for a secondary, non-food oriented purpose, such as flushing toilets. Recently, I became aware of an awesome woman named Béa Johnson, a French woman married to an American, living in northern California. She has written a book on the subject of living without creating any waste. They are a family of four and they produce under one kilogram of garbage annually.

Now that Bea’s waste situation is under control, she’s tackling other areas of her family’s lives like water. There is a recent post on her blog about what she’s doing to conserve water with some great handy tips that don’t cost, well, anything. From collecting shower water to flush toilets (just pour the water from a bucket into the bowl and the toilet will flush), to collecting kitchen water that’s used for rinsing dishes or when you’re waiting for it to warm up, let it run into a portable container to use for outdoor plants and garberators, and flushing toilets.

Note that gray water can’t stand more than a few hours on its own without starting to develop bacteria, so if you haven’t used it all by the end of the day then flush it down the toilet at night.  It could save you some precious gallons here and there and every drop counts.

For more information on living the Zero Waste lifestyle, visit Béa’s blog or get her book.

Proficiency Model N7716

 Toilets: toilets are the largest consumers of water in the house, so if you need to change them out make sure to look for a low-flush toilet. There are great 3L toilets made by Proficiency. They’re relatively inexpensive and flush well. As I always say, if you’re worried about the low-flow toilets not performing up to par, check out the Wastewater guide MaP (maximum performance) ratings published jointly by the California Urban Water Conservation Council and the Canadian Waste Water Association. They will help you select a toilet that can flush as much as 1 kg of solids without a problem. Another great toilet is the the Sydney 0.8 by Caroma. It is virtually clogless and if you have teenage boys, you will understand why this is so important! See my earlier post “Beyond the Six Litre Toilet.

Oxygenics Tri Spa

Oxygenics Tri Spa

 Showerheads and faucets: Teenagers spend an inordinate amount of time in the shower. There are tricks to use that will help get them out. For instance, I have a friend who lives in a quirky old house where the hot water shut off valve  is accessible through a panel in the neighboring bedroom. So, if the kids have been in there too long wasting valuable hot water and adding dollar signs to both her gas and water bill, she turns off the hot water. It gets the kids out pretty quickly. Granted, not all of us have quirky houses where shut off valves are  accessible outside the bathroom, so there are other ways of conserving water from adding shower timers — not all that effective for teens but good for motivated adults, and of course water-sense certified shower heads. Delta, Oxygenics and Bricor showerheads are three brands that come to mind, but there are plenty out there and they’re vastly improved from the days when the shampoo wouldn’t rinse out of your hair giving you “flat head” syndrome à la Kramer from Seinfeld.

The next time you are looking for a faucet find one that’s WaterSense certified. For the kitchen a dual-flow faucet is best: faucets can alternate between low-flow (the default setting) and full flow for filling pots and sinks without taking forever, such as the Delta Multiflow faucet.

Washing Machines: Most of us think of front-end loaders as the only water efficient washers on the market. A few people shy away from them because they don’t relish getting down on their knees to do the laundry, and if not properly balanced, they can make a lot of noise while spinning. Washers also consume a good amount of water, so make sure you do a full-load and not just that single pair of jeans, and if you’re in the market for a new washer look for an Energy Star certified brand. Here is a good website to help you find a new washer: Toptenusa.org and a great article from Apartment Therapy: The Best Energy Efficient Washers.

Rainwater HOG

  Rainwater HOG

Graywater systems: If you’re building a new house, adding an addition or gutting an older home, it is the perfect time to incorporate some water and energy efficiency measures. Gray water systems collect shower water, treat it and store it for use in the home’s toilets and can help you reduce your household water consumption by up to 40%. They are best incorporated into an addition/gut job or new home construction.

Rain water cisterns: There are many different kinds of cisterns available to catch rain water from simple rain barrels that hook up to your home’s downspout, to underground or between wall cisterns that store plenty of water. In times of water bans, you can still maintain your garden. The Aquascape RainXchange is an underground cistern, , the Rainwater HOG, or a rain barrel. Rain barrels are often available as a subsidized or free option through municipal programs. Check your municipalities website or rainbarrel.ca to see if there is a program near you.

Note: not all municipalities across North America allow rain barrels/cisterns for private water collection; check with your municipality to make sure you can use one.

Always check your area’s average annual rainfall to calculate the size of the container you might need.

Drought resistant landscaping (xeriscaping): To use less water outside, use local and drought resistant plants and drip irrigation for watering. Water at night to prevent evaporation. Most lawns use Kentucky Blue grass which will become dormant in times of drought. In most cases will turn green once the rains return. If possible, it’s best to try to shrink your lawn to minimal size to ease water and mowing demands.

 Waterless Carwash: There are several waterless carwash products on the market that allow you to wash your car without water. Canadian Tire sells Goclean waterless carwash, but there are plenty of others.

 

 

 

 

 

Delta Faucets Offer Great Water Saving Features

May 31st, 2012

If there is one place you can justify not having a low-flow faucet, it’s the kitchen. That might seem counter-intuitive, but we have a low-flow kitchen faucet and trust me — I can practically bake a cake in the amount of time it takes to fill a stockpot with water! …Okay, so maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but it does take a long time.

Delta faucets have some great options to help you save water in the kitchen. Delta faucet’s “Multi-Flow” technology has been designed into two different kitchen faucet styles and offers two different flow rates. It delivers water at 1.5 gpm (gallons per minute) as a default setting. This is perfect for rinsing hands, dishes or vegetables. However, when you need an additional boost for, say, filling that stockpot or kitchen sink, press a button and the flow rate becomes 2.0 gpm. Once you turn the faucet off it automatically resets to 1.5 gpm.

Delta faucets offer a few different styles of kitchen faucet with these technologies:

 

Addison Faucet

Addison Series

 

The Addison kitchen faucet includes both Touch2O and Multi-Flow technologies. It also includes a pull-down sprayer so you can easily wash fruits and vegetables. It’s available in three finishes: Chrome, Venetian Bronze and Stainless Steel.

The Linden series kitchen faucet also offers Multi-Flow technology, but not Touch2O technology.

Faucets with flow rates of 1.5 gpm are 32% more efficient than standard faucets with 2.2 gpm flow rates and can help you save money on your water bill.

 

 

 

There are 3 series that offer Touch2O technology: Addison, Pilar, and Trinsic.

Trinsic Series

Trinsic Series

Delta Faucets has a great website which allows you to select kitchen faucets with specific features. There are also several videos explaining how their different technologies work. For more information about Multi-Flow technology, watch this video: http://www.deltafaucet.ca/smart-solutions/multiflow.html

For more information about Touch2O technology, watch this video: http://www.deltafaucet.ca/smart-solutions/touch2o-technology.html

 

Pilar Series

Pilar Series

To find a Delta distributor near you, visit the Delta Faucet website.

Delta Faucets: Water Sense Showerheads and H2Okinetic Technology

November 1st, 2011

Delta Shower Heads with H2Okinetic Technology, 1.5 gpm flow rate

I spoke with Karen Marshall of Delta Faucets when I was at Greenbuild and we talked about where consumers can make the biggest difference in water consumption. Not surprisingly (particularly if you have teenagers), it’s in the shower. The average shower time is around 8 minutes. Most standard shower heads provide 2.5 gallons per minute of water (9.5 litres per minute). So, let’s do a little math here to see how much water our family of 5 uses per year. If each of us showers for 8 minutes we’re using 20 gallons or 76 litres of water each with a 2.5 gpm shower head. Now multiply that by the number of people in our family (5)  which comes out to 100 gallons or 380 litres of water every morning. If we shower 365 days/year, that translates into 36,500 gallons or 138,700 litres per year for five people. That is a lot of shower water! Not to mention the energy that goes into heating the water, and the amount of energy used at the water treatment plant.

Needless to say, cutting your shower time will help immensely. If you can take a 5 minute shower, you’re already reducing water consumption by 3 minutes or 12.6 gpm instead of 20 gallons. Yes, I’m perfectly aware that convincing your teenager to take a shorter shower is a Herculean task. Now, in addition to that shorter shower, add a low flow shower head so you’re only using 1.5 gpm. Suddenly you’re making a significant difference in water consumption. A 1.5 gpm shower for five minutes uses only 7.5 gallons/28 litres of water, about 37% of a standard showerhead used for 8 minutes.

But, there’s a catch — or at least there has been. If you remember the Seinfeld episode where Kramer’s and Jerry’s showerheads are replaced by low-flow showerheads, then you’re perfectly aware of their flaws. Old low-flow technology used water flow restrictors to reduce the amount of water coming out of the shower head, which meant no water pressure. Rinsing thoroughly was a challenge resulting in a soapy film and not-so-flattering hairdos.

The technology over the years since that Seinfeld episode has greatly improved. For instance, Delta uses a completely different technology which they call H2Okinetic Technology to make a 1.5 gpm shower feel like a full 2.5 gpm shower. Water is funneled through the showerhead in such a way that the individual droplets coming out of the shower are larger and retain their heat longer. When a low-flow shower head incorporates this technology, a shower with a flow rate of 1.5 gpm will feel like a standard shower that uses 2.5 gpm shower while giving you a water savings of almost 40%.

If you’d like to estimate how much water your household uses annually, Delta also has this handy water calculator available. The neat thing about it is that it shows you how you’re doing compared to average water consumption patterns.

Models: There are plenty of design options available using both the H2Okinetic technology that are Water Sense approved. It’s important to note that not all H2Okinectic technology showerheads are Water Sense approved or low-flow, so if you’re looking at an H2okinetic shower head showerhead make sure you also note its flow rate.

Delta Faucet’s website allows you to see what models are available by the features you’re interested in. For instance, in “showerheads” category I selected the  “Water Sense” and “H2okinetic technology” filters and was given a wide selection of models that meet both these criteria. The selection also came back with one “jet shower” which is the body spray type installed on shower walls. It may be Water Sense approved, but don’t kid yourself into thinking that any body spray shower is eco-friendly, Water Sense approved or not.

Delta Faucets are widely available at the big box stores (Home Depot, Rona and Lowes, etc.) as well as plumbing stores throughout North America.

 

 

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