There's nothing wrong with conserving water the old fashioned way, by turning it off when you don't need it, but there is definitely something to be said for the myriad devices that will help us do it much more efficiently these days. Take a peek at this roundup of our favorite tips, tricks, and gadgets, from the mild to the wild.
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Appliances or Gadgets:
- Evolve Ladybug Showerhead Adaptor: Saves water by monitoring the temperature of the water prior to getting in the shower. You turn the shower on, but no water comes out until the adaptor signals that it's just the right temperature.
- Caroma High-Efficiency Dual-Flush Toilets: These stylish commodes will save anywhere from 44 to 74% of your water per flush.
- EcoFlow: Dual Flush Retrofit: This quick-to-install device will convert your standard toilet to a dual-flow, where you'll be saving water and money with the press of a button. Better yet, it's on sale for $79.
- The Smart Faucet: This could be one of our favorites: it's a simple device that's installed directly on your faucet, turning it into a touch-on-touch-off device. It works for kiddos, too, who can't reach the knobs. With shipping, the Smart Faucet will set you back about $20, so it's a wallet-friendly fix to boot.
- Touch Sensitive Kitchen Faucet is Genius: Sure, this link will take you over to Unpluggd, but that doesn't mean this awesome faucet isn't also green. We think it'd make washing dishes by hand much greener—with the touch of a finger, the water turns on or off. Convenience? Oh yeah.
- ShowerMinder: This shower timer uses a traffic light-like system to encourage you to get out of the shower on time. It can be set for 3, 5, or 8 minutes.
- Toilet Tummy, Frugal Flusher, and Fill Master: All three of these devices are water diverters or displacers for the toilet that can be installed on existing tanks. They reduce water consumption with each flush!
- iSave Faucet by Reamon Yu: This fits over existing hardware and reminds you of how much water you've been using.
- Green Warrior Shower Curtains: Yes, these innocent-looking shower curtains can become deadly (ok, that's an exaggeration) if you use too much water in the shower. They'll inflate. With you inside them. Claustrophobia, anyone?