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Help Reduce Water Use in Your Home

Post Date:04/27/2018 2:37 pm

A high efficiency WaterSense labeled aerator is one of the easiest and most cost-effective things that you can do to use water more efficiently at home. Look for the WaterSense label to ensure your appliance meets EPA criteria. 

Most of us know we can save water if we turn off the tap while brushing our teeth (as much as 3,000 gallons per year!), but did you know that there are products that will help save water when you turn on the tap too?  

Replacing your bathroom faucet aerator with a high efficiency WaterSense labeled aerator is one of the easiest and most cost-effective things that you can do to use water more efficiently at home.

An aerator is a simple water saving device that you screw in to the tip of your faucet. It adds air into the flow to ensure good water pressure and significantly reduces the amount of water your faucet uses.

WaterSense labeled products use at least 20 percent less water than standard models. And, unlike earlier low flow models, WaterSense products are tested for water efficiency and performance by a third party. In fact, you can find a WaterSense labeled aerator at most home improvement stores for between $1 and $5.

Of course, water savings is only part of the picture. When you use less water, you'll save on energy and sewer costs as well.

When switching out your aerator, make sure that your replacement aerator is the same size as your original, and that its threads are in the same spot. Bring your existing aerator with you when you purchase a new one so that you can make sure the two match.

Here’s how to install your new high efficiency aerator:

  1. Remove the old aerator.  In most cases, you should be able to unscrew it by hand. If it is on too tightly to unscrew by hand, you will need to use a wrench to loosen it.

  2. To do this, place a cloth between the wrench and aerator to protect the finish.

  3. Next run your faucet for a few seconds to clear any debris from the inside of your faucet, and make sure that the faucet’s threads are clean and free of debris.

  4. Then install your new aerator by screwing it clockwise onto the faucet and hand-tighten. It is better to put it on too loose than too tight as over tightening can damage your aerator or faucet.

  5. Next check the seal of your new aerator by slowly turning on your faucet. If it leaks, it is likely that it is on too loose and needs to be tightened some more. First try tightening it a bit more with your hand. If this doesn’t work, use a wrench to gently tighten the aerator until it is snug.

For more information about water efficient devices and fixtures that you can install in your home, visit the Conserve H2O website.   

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