The average U.S. household uses nearly 300 gallons of water a day through washing dishes and clothes, bathroom plumbing use and garden/landscape watering. Here are remodeling tips that can help you save water.
■ Install a rain barrel.Several companies, including Green Culture and Oak Barrel Winecraft, offer attractive ones. Place a barrel under each downspout in your backyard and use the reservoir to water the garden.
■ Equip your kitchen with foot-pedal controls.A tap of your foot releases the water, leaving your hands free to wash dishes without leaving the water running. (Pedal Valves; Fisher Manufacturing)
■ Remodel with water-saving appliances, such as a dual-flush toilet and an Energy Star dishwasher and laundry washing machine, which conserve both electricity and water.