As a family of 5 living paycheck to paycheck, I’m always looking for ways to save money, but also reduce our carbon footprint.
I know that water in my home gets used quite a bit.
We have 4 people who shower on a daily basis plus baths for the baby; we wash cloth diapers probably 2-3 times per week; not to mention the dishwasher, the toilet flushes, and sinks with hand washing and tooth brushing.
I am always conscious of how much water we use which is why I share with you:
Water Saving Tips for the Family
* Turn faucet off when brushing teeth
* Check faucets and toilets for leaks
* Take shorter showers
* Use your dishwasher and laundry machine only when full
* Insulate water pipes
* Don’t leave water running when your rinsing foods or washing dishes by hand
* Install the Water Select showerhead valve
The Water Select showerhead valve installs between your shower head and the pipe that connects to it for instant reduction in water without reducing the pressure.
Installing a Water Select® valve saves 20% or more of water consumption. The website claims that installing a Water Select® valve with showerheads made before 1992, savings will escalate in proportion to their gpm.
The valve features a 5” or a 15” handle, with quarter-turn stops, which allows full control of the water flow. Pull the handle down to reduce the flow of water. Lift the handle up to increase or resume the flow of water.
We live in a very old house so I did notice a reduction in pressure with our showerhead. I know the site claims that there shouldn’t be a change in pressure, but we noticed a small change.
Our showerhead typically leaks, but I noticed with the Water Select showerhead valve, it did not. That excited me until I noticed that the leak moved from the showerhead to the water control knobs.
We used our valve for a few days before taking it off again. It was more of my own paranoia in this rickety old home. I worried that changing the valve flow would yank our entire showering plumbing out of the wall (something that appears to have been done previously to our moving in by the patch job around the showerhead!) And I was worried about the leaking out of the water control knobs. (I would rather it drop from the actual showerhead rather than the knobs!)
I was able to notice a positive difference using the valve and will be using it in a future home (that hopefully isn’t old and falling apart like this one! Luckily, we rent!)