Water conservation isn’t just important for our environment; it can help save on water and utility bills as well. And, surprisingly, some water-saving tips can even improve the look and feel of your home.
Most homes’ interiors attest to intentional interior design—and their inhabitants want to maintain that atmosphere. Attractive water-saving appliances, accessories and other touches can minimize your utility bills—and make your home look fresh and modern.
Here are a few tips for saving water while preserving your style.
1. Choose a modern showerhead that also saves water.
As water conservation becomes more mainstream, you no longer have to choose between two ugly plastic showerheads if you want to save water. In fact, modern water-saving showerheads are just as stylish and varied as their water-wasting counterparts. That means it’s easier than ever to pinpoint one that harmonizes with your current decor. To save more water, keep an eye out for low GPM rates (2.0 GPM or less), which will help you get more pressure for less water usage. Some showerheads have adjustable flow rates, so you can save the higher flow for when you need it—like rinsing shampoo. Others even have a flow restrictor, which allows you to pause the stream while you suds up or shave. Western Municipal Water District offers instant rebates on water-saving showerheads.
2. Keep water in your fridge (in a pretty pitcher, of course).
Whenever you refrigerate drinking water instead of running the tap until it gets cold, you save more water. Whether you prefer a ceramic pitcher, a plastic dispenser, or vintage jars, you can match your kitchen’s existing look and feel while saving both water and energy.
3. Install subtle faucet aerators.
Faucet aerators maximize your water flow, just like a water-efficient showerhead, so that less water goes down the drain. They do it by incorporating air into the water flow, which increases the force of the flow without using more water. Since faucet aerators come in a variety of finishes, you can find one that blends right in with your sink setup. Western Municipal Water District offers instant rebates on water-saving faucet aerators.
4. Decorate with water-minimal plants.
Succulents, cacti and air plants are fashionable right now, and they’re very easy to find at your local nursery or hardware store’s garden center. These plant varieties don’t need much water, so you can spruce up your home without turning on the tap. Explore creative ways to display them, such as a hanging globe with an air plant inside, a vertical wall planter full of succulents or a single pot with multiple levels featuring your favorite cacti. Western Municipal Water offers instant rebates on water-saving devices for gardening.
5. Use a beautiful basin to catch water—and wash produce.
Did you know that you could save gallons upon gallons of water with a simple basin? When you wait for the water to warm up in your shower, you can place one under the stream. Collect that excess water, then use it for something else, like watering your plants! You can pick one that matches your bathrooms interior design.
The same goes for the kitchen. You can catch water while waiting for the water heater to kick in, and then use that water for washing produce. Again, to choose a bucket or basin you’d like to see around your home that coordinates with the design theme.
6. Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances.
Newer appliances aren’t just more energy- and water-efficient, they also are designed to be more interior design–friendly than the old clunkers we used to know. If it’s in your budget, picking out a sleek-looking appliance can reduce your energy expenses and also upgrade the look of your home. To give your home the best makeover possible, coordinate the design and finish of your new appliances with your current motif.