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Smart technology is no longer confined to cell phones. Now, technology is even being incorporated into our homes. The idea of smart homes has opened up a whole new picture of how our homes will look like in the near future. Currently, people are looking to save on bills by implementing smart technology in various household appliances that will serve to reduce utility consumption.

However, as most homeowners continue to focus on cooling and heating appliances, they seem to have overlooked the fixtures associated with water consumption. Traditional appliances that rely on water have been found to consume loads of water, resulting in soaring water bills. What you may not know is that several products based on smart technology have emerged in the market that can significantly bring down your water expenses.

Examining Water Consumption in the US

In the US, an average household utilizes around 90 gallons of water daily. Surprisingly, most of the water goes right down your toilet - literally! The three biggest culprits of overconsumption include toilets, showers, and washing machines. These are closely followed by dishwashers and outdoor watering. Based on the data available, an average American household uses 50 gallons of water each time a person uses a shower with an ordinary showerhead, costing $0.20 per use.

Similarly, having a bath results in the utilization of 36 gallons of water every time, leading to a cost of $0.14 per use. Returning to the toilets, every time a regular toilet is used, 3 gallons of water is flushed down the drain, resulting in a cost of $0.01 per use.

This can be huge depending upon the number of members in a family and the frequency of toilet use. When it comes to dishwashing, a non-energy star dishwasher uses 16 gallons of water every single time, regardless of the number of dishes being washed. This would cost $0.06 per wash.

Finally, a single outdoor watering makes use of 60 gallons of water, costing $0.24 each time. This might seem huge, but considering the low frequency of watering, the resulting cost is insignificant compared to that of toilets, showers, and other washing appliances.

Smart Appliances Available

While you can possibly save a little on water bills by limiting your shower time and using washing machines with more efficient loads, the most effective results can be achieved by incorporating the following smart devices in your home:

Smart Home Water Meter

The underlying reason for the overconsumption of water is the inability to accurately track water consumption. The Smart Home Water Meter is a tremendous solution to this problem. This incredible device not only tells you the amount of water being used around the house but also enlightens you on how it is being used.

Once you are able to keep track of water usage, you’ll be in a better position to control it. Through alerts pointing to overconsumption, you’ll know exactly when to keep things tight to keep the water bill lower.

In addition, the smart water meter allows you to allocate water amounts to various devices associated with laundry, dishwashing, lawn watering, and other common appliances. You have the option to create a ‘signature’ for all appliances to better manage your budget for water billings.

Low-Flow Shower-heads and Faucets

Ordinary faucets and showerheads, as stated earlier, used by an average American household, use up 50 gallons of water per use. Low-flow showerheads and faucets are perfect alternatives that are not only inexpensive but can cause a sharp drop in your water bill. Based on estimates, you can reduce your water consumption by 30-50 percent and save $50-90 on each water bill by replacing all your traditional showerheads and faucets with low-flow models.

This is a great way to use smart technology to reduce your water bill, as the smart technology integrated into low-flow showerheads and faucets make use of intelligent sensors to regulate the water used for drinking and cleaning, and also play a part in reducing wastage during showers.

Energy-Star Washers

Energy-efficient washers are another great invention that can help to prevent a rising water bill. Among the most popular options among them is the Energy-Star washing machine that uses almost 50% less water than ordinary washers, saving you around $75 to $125 per year, on average.

Plus, you can save even more if you use cold water while running them. In addition to saving water, these washers consume 25% less electricity than their inefficient counterparts.

High-Efficiency Faucet Aerator

High-efficiency faucet aerators are installed in showers and taps. They have the potential to cut down water usage by half, helping you save over $100 per year. Since they add air, you don’t have to worry about a pressure loss.

Leak Detectors

Leakages are undoubtedly one of the gravest sources of water wastages, costing you huge sums at the end of the billing periods. As a critical component of smart homes, leak detectors function incredibly to detect any leaks, drips, flooding, or condensation at the earliest stages. They do this by monitoring the moisture around fixtures and pipes and immediately notify you of the above-stated issues right on your smartphone. You can program them for areas you rarely inspect, such as your basement.

Shower Timers

One should take a shower every day, but that doesn’t authorize you do consume a hundred gallons of water in a single shower. One great strategy to refine your showering habit is to install a shower timer, such as Water Pebble. You’ll need to place the device near your shower drain, and it will measure your average water usage per shower.

Once it establishes a baseline, it will slightly reduce the shower time at every subsequent shower you take. When you’re halfway through your showering time, the green light on the Pebble’s timer will turn yellow. When it turns red, it’s an indication of the end of the showering time, so you should immediately turn the shower off.

Closing Thoughts

Now that you’ve explored some incredibly smart appliances, go ahead and pull down that water bill by making your home smart and tech-savvy.

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