07/25/2013

Water Conservation 101

Try these simple strategies to reduce water use before tackling more costly upgrades.

 

Restrooms

  • A 1.28 gpf toilet uses 20% less than the standard 1.6 gpf.
  • A low-flow faucet aerator that runs at 1.5 gpm can reduce water by 30% over traditional fixtures.
  • Depending on their age, urinals can use 1-5 gallons per flush. Replace a 1.5 gpf urinal with a 0.5 gpf model and save over 4,600 gallons a year, according to WaterSense (a product label program by the EPA and similar to ENERGY STAR).
  • For hotels and dormitories, use 2.0 gpm showerheads over the standard 2.5 models – users won’t notice the difference, but you will on your utility bill.

Landscaping

  • Reduce your turf grass area, which is a large consumer of irrigation. Drought-tolerant plants and native vegetation are a good replacement because they require less water.
  • Drip irrigation is 20-50% more water efficient than sprinklers.
  • Maintain good soil quality, which retains moisture better.
  • Group together water-intensive plants (hydrozoning).
  • Add shut-off nozzles to spray heads to target leaks.
  • Ensure water isn’t wasted on pavement areas.
  • Avoid irrigation excess by using sensors and controls to manage your watering schedule and levels.
  • Use permeable pavement, which allows stormwater to drain on your site and be filtered naturally instead of rushed toward storm sewers.

Pools and Spas

  • Backwash filters only when necessary.
  • Implement leak monitoring.
  • Use a pool cover, which cuts down on evaporation loss.
  • Evaluate the frequency of full pool drains.





Kitchens

  • Choose a pre-rinse spray valve that uses 1.3 gpm or less.
  • Replace old dish washers (both residential scale for small businesses and commercial grade for dining facilities) with new models that consume less water and energy.
  • If possible, eliminate garbage disposals. Better yet, install a food pulper, which uses significantly less water to turn food scraps otherwise flushed down the drain into a valuable composting resource.


 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.

Add highly responsive multi-zone comfort to any building project, in any climate. Our CITY MULTI H2i R2- and Y-Series VRF systems give you flexibility to fit the needs of any building. Enjoy 100% heating capacity at 0°F outdoor ambient, and 85% heating capacity at -13°F outdoor ambient.  For more information, log on to www.mitsubishipro.com

 
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