One oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms

One oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms

by Shannon Spence I’m constantly asking myself, “What else can I do to help protect our natural resources?” and “Am I green enough?”.  I’m always looking for ways to reduce my environmental footprint. I recently came across this enlightening infographic by Loch Ness Water Gardens which outlines the water usage behind the products we consume. This got me thinking about my own water usage at home, and specifically about that leaky faucet in the bathroom. Using the USGS Water Science School’s drip calculator, I’m wasting 34 gallons of water a year with my one leaky faucet. So, this weekend, I plan on fixing that faucet and taking it one step further: installing an aerator. An aerator mixes oxygen with the water, providing a larger stream with less water. According to the EPA, installing an aerator on your bathroom sink faucet can save 30% or more water than a standard faucet. You don’t have to replace the whole sink. Just stop by Lowe’s or Home Depot and pick up a WaterSense labeled aerator. One aerator will cost about $5, or pick up a 6 pack for about $18. There are three types of aerator streams: aerated, spray, and laminar. Here’s a look at the difference between them. A standard faucet aerator with a 1.5 gpm should suffice for your bathroom faucets.  For other water conservation ideas, check out these websites for some helpful hints: www.citizensenergygroup.com www.wateruseitwisely.com  

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