Water-efficient technologies you should start using in 2022
Water shortages and other limited resources are an unfortunate reality of our world today. And while it’s easy to feel like we’ll always have enough water (turn on the faucet and water “magically” appears), the truth is scientists, engineers and policymakers have to grapple with major water shortage concerns on a regular basis.
Water shortages affect many countries around the globe, and both rural and urban areas alike – it’s a problem here in the U.S. too. For example, because of its dry subtropical climate and mild-to-hot temperatures, it barely ever rains in Southern California (and when it does, it’s not usually much). So the region gets help from a state that’s located thousands of miles away. Today, more than half of Southern California’s water supply actually comes all from Colorado!
Thankfully, there’s a lot we can do when it comes to reducing water waste and getting more out of smaller quantities of water and energy. Looking for a few easy ways to improve your eco footprint? Check out these water-efficient technologies for simpler water conservation at home...
1. Rain sensor shut off devices
What could be more sustainable than watering your yard with the rain? But unless you live somewhere like Seattle, you probably need to rely on a sprinkler system, which can be a huge source of wasted water. That’s where water-saving technologies come in!
Buy a rain sensor shut off device so your sprinkler system will automatically turn off when it detects enough moisture. These water-saving sensors make it easy to save money on your water bill, improve the health of your plants and live a little greener.
Pro Tip: Assess the placement of your sprinkler heads to maximize coverage and minimize waste. The next time your sprinkler is on, make sure no two sprinkler heads are too close to each other. If any are, you’ll notice they’ll just spray water over each other. That means you’ll lose some plant coverage and needlessly waste water too. Reposition them, then test them one more time.
2. Touchless kitchen faucets
It really is a true luxury to wash your hands with a touch-free faucet in your kitchen sink. It’s a big win for hygiene, it helps you avoid messy situations while you’re cooking and it helps reduce water waste too. Just wave to turn the water on when your hands need cleaning and wave again when you’re ready to move on to something else. Touchless faucets can be programmed to maintain the same temperature too. And even though they feel fancy, touchless kitchen faucets and soap dispensers are available at a wide range of price points.
But back to the water savings: those mini moments between manually turning off the faucet add up. Lower your utility bills while doing good for Mother Earth.
3. hai smart shower heads
Shrink your carbon footprint with an eco-minded, water-saving hai shower head. Whether you opt to use our full-flow, 2.5-gallons-per-minute (GPM) shower head or our low-flow shower head (a WaterSense-certified, 1.8-GPM design). Saving water is not only easy with hai, but fun!
hai is a hydro-powered shower head, meaning its battery charges and runs with the energy produced from running water through your shower. hai works with Bluetooth too. It pairs with the companion hai app for easy installation instructions, it lets you set water and energy-saving goals and it monitors your water consumption. When you compete with yourself to improve how much water and energy you use, every shower becomes a win for your community (...and the planet).
Customize hai’s LED light to remind you when to get in or out of the shower (hello, warm water without the waste – less energy required!). And dive into the amazing feeling of having your own personalized, at-home spa experience with a range of spa shower settings you can control in the palm of your hands and a special design created for full, feel-good coverage.
Eco-efficient shower heads help you save water and energy– but hai takes it further with personal goals, energy and water usage records, rituals, water-saving tips and an elevated self-care experience to love.
4. Dual-flush toilets
Minimizing your toilet water usage is probably the last thing on your mind, but it’s still a great way to save lots of water. Shop for a new, high-performing dual-flush toilet to start using a lot less water while reducing your water bills. Every time you flush, you can choose from two toilet-flushing options to use the most conservative but effective amount of water for different bathroom break needs. Not only will you conserve water, but you’ll also extend the life of your toilet, potentially saving big on plumbing and toilet replacement costs over the years. Good stuff.
5. Greywater systems
We humans waste a lot of water without necessarily noticing the impact of our habits. But water-saving greywater systems help us break the cycle by creating our very own renewable energy sources at home. Add a greywater system to your eco-smart arsenal to convert your shower, sink and bath water (all collectively known as “sullage”) into water that can be used to care for your non-edible plants. It’s the perfect cycle: use renewable energy at home to save water that would otherwise be wasted, then reuse that water as an eco-friendly irrigation system to take care of your plants. Ah, green living….
There’s just one important consideration to remember. Even though you’ll only use the greywater on non-edible plants, only buy a greywater system if you can commit to using 100% eco-safe soap and cleaning products. If not, you’ll end up doing more harm than good by contaminating the groundwater, the soil and your local ecosystems. Sounds like a great time to switch!
It’s easy to feel like the most impactful conservation efforts are out of our hands. But we can all make a big difference by putting a few personal changes in place. So use these water-efficient technologies to reduce your fresh water usage and help your community conserve in a big way!
Check out the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website to calculate how much water you can save with eco-efficient products and water-conservation technologies and to read eco-friendly water resources and stats.