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Water – the most precious resource on our planet.  Water makes up nearly three quarters of the Earth’s surface, and more than two thirds of the human body. Water is life. One of the biggest problems on a global level is the wasteful and careless attitude of humans toward water. One third of the human population doesn’t have, or has limited access to fresh water. At the same time, other countries are wasting and polluting fresh water without thinking about it twice.

Instead of talking in thirds and quarters and keeping stats, isn’t it better to figure out a way how to do your little bit in saving some precious water? If you want to optimize your domestic water usage and cut down on water waste, you don’t have to become an activist or join a greenie social group. All you need to do is consider the purchase and installation of water efficient domestic appliances. Water efficient appliances are one of the essential aspects of the green home concept, which has become so popular in recent years. Self-sustainable homes are still science fiction, but greener homes are possible. Water efficiency and green homes go hand in hand. Purely on the financial side, water efficiency at home will reduce your bills and leave you with more money to spend on other green options for your home.

Now before you go out and spend a truckload of money on hi-tech, water saving appliances, carefully consider your own water usage patterns and consumption habits. For instance, if you run a half load in the washing machine every time, or take twenty minute showers then perhaps it’s not the appliances to blame. If your domestic water use is moderate and non-wasteful, then a new set of water saving appliances will definitely put you on the next level of domestic water efficiency.

Water efficient appliances are easily recognized by the labels and stickers indicating their efficiency class. Most countries have their own efficiency grading system so get familiar with your domestic labeling and markings so that you know what you are buying. The biggest violators when it comes to water efficiency at home are of course the dishwasher, the washing machine, shower heads and faucets. There are water efficient counterparts to each of these appliances available worldwide. Indeed such appliances will cost a little extra to purchase and install, but that would be a small price to pay when compared to the water and money savings you will gain.

Dishwasher– when choosing your new water efficient dishwasher, look for an appliance that has the required functionality i.e. allows you to skip or switch off pre-rinse cycle; also look for an economy mode setting; check how much water the dishwasher consumes in a normal washing cycle – compare the figure against other models/makes you have in mind; remember that dishwashers that use lower temperature water will also save power.

Washing machine – washing machines have come a long way. However, a front loader is much more energy and water efficient than its top loader counterparts. Look for a washing machine with adjustable time, temperature and spin dry speed. Most new front loaders have a range of adjustable programs that allow you to tweak around in order to save more water and power. A front loader also reduces the wear and tear of your clothes during washing.

Dual flush toilets– also known as two-step toilets are gems for water saving. How you save water using these appliances is quite self-explanatory. A good model dual flush is expected to reduce water waste in a family of four, by twenty five percent.

Low flow faucets and showerheads– low flow plumbing fixtures are great. Low flow faucets and showerheads not only aerate and disperse water better, but newer models also make use of water sensor that estimates how much water is allowed to flow out.

All the appliances listed above do not differ in terms of installation and fitting when compared to regular counterparts. If you don’t have the DIY attitude or plumbing skills though, better get in touch with qualified plumbers. Having said this, there is one plumbing feature that requires professional installation in all cases, and that is the Graywater System. This is a special plumbing system that collects used water from the household, as well as drain and storm water in special tanks. The tank water undergoes basic filtering and is then used as flush water for the toilets – a water efficiency cycle in action.

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