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When I purchased my home 10 years ago, I unscrewed the low-flow aerator in the showerhead. I wanted more water dousing me during a shower. Recently, however, I purchased a new showerhead, an efficient, water-saving devise and not a water guzzler. My new showerhead provides ample water pressure and uses as little as 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm). I am happy.

When shopping for a dishwasher, check for the yellow Energy Guide label. It ill tell you how much energy is needed to operate that dishwasher. Use the Energy Star label to compare the energy use of similar models and estimate annual operating costs.

And be sure to choose the right size dishwasher for your home. Standard-capacity models hold more than eight place settings and six serving pieces while compact-capacity models hold up to that amount. If you have to operate a compact dishwasher more frequently, over time you may use more energy than you would with a standard model.

That’s one of the ways Energy Star clotheswashers use less water. A full-sized Energy Star-certified clotheswasher uses 13 gallons of water per load, compared to the 23 gallons used by an older, standard clotheswashing machine. The difference amounts to a water savings of more than 3,000 gallons each year.

Energy Star clotheswashers are available in front-load and top-load mo dels. They utilize new technologies that do not require the tub to fill with water. They clean using sophisticated wash systems to flip or spin clothes through a stream of water. Many of these clotheswashers have sensors to monitor incoming water levels and temperature. And they rinse clothes with repeated, high-pressure spraying instead of soaking the laundry in a full tub of water.

If every clotheswasher purchased in this country was Energy Star- certified, Americans could save a total of more than $4 billion each year and prevent more than 19 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions, an amount equal to the annual emissions from more than 1.7 million vehicles.

A terrific website — www.energystar.gov — offers reliable information on appliances, water-saving measures and other helpful hints for homeowners who want to save money and water. The website includes calculators, in which you can enter various details and determine your dollar savings.

Traditional lawns waste water. Residential lawn irrigation can account for as much as 30 percent of home-water use. There are some cool, new digital controls that give homeowners the ability to set watering schedules accurately to help in water conservation.

Rainwater harvesting also offers many benefits. Rainwater contains less salts since rain is not treated with chlorine or fluoride. Plants seem to grow better when water with rainwater, rather than tap water. We have several local companies that sell rainwater harvesting units and several local landscapers are well versed in installing rainwater-harvesting units.

YCCA’s Hammer Time airs twice each weekend, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 7 on KQNA 1130 AM, 99.9 FM and 95.5 FM or the web kqna.com. Sandy and her wingman Mike talk about the construction industry and local community partners and contractors. Happy spring!

When I purchased my home 10 years ago, I unscrewed the low-flow aerator in the showerhead. I wanted more water dousing me during a shower. Recently, however, I purchased a new showerhead, an efficient, water-saving devise and not a water guzzler. My new showerhead provides ample water pressure and uses as little as 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm). I am happy.

When shopping for a dishwasher, check for the yellow Energy Guide label. It ill tell you how much energy is needed to operate that dishwasher. Use the Energy Star label to compare the energy use of similar models and estimate annual operating costs.

And be sure to choose the right size dishwasher for your home. Standard-capacity models hold more than eight place settings and six serving pieces while compact-capacity models hold up to that amount. If you have to operate a compact dishwasher more frequently, over time you may use more energy than you would with a standard model.

That’s one of the ways Energy Star clotheswashers use less water. A full-sized Energy Star-certified clotheswasher uses 13 gallons of water per load, compared to the 23 gallons used by an older, standard clotheswashing machine. The difference amounts to a water savings of more than 3,000 gallons each year.

Energy Star clotheswashers are available in front-load and top-load mo dels. They utilize new technologies that do not require the tub to fill with water. They clean using sophisticated wash systems to flip or spin clothes through a stream of water. Many of these clotheswashers have sensors to monitor incoming water levels and temperature. And they rinse clothes with repeated, high-pressure spraying instead of soaking the laundry in a full tub of water.

If every clotheswasher purchased in this country was Energy Star- certified, Americans could save a total of more than $4 billion each year and prevent more than 19 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions, an amount equal to the annual emissions from more than 1.7 million vehicles.

A terrific website — www.energystar.gov — offers reliable information on appliances, water-saving measures and other helpful hints for homeowners who want to save money and water. The website includes calculators, in which you can enter various details and determine your dollar savings.

Traditional lawns waste water. Residential lawn irrigation can account for as much as 30 percent of home-water use. There are some cool, new digital controls that give homeowners the ability to set watering schedules accurately to help in water conservation.

Rainwater harvesting also offers many benefits. Rainwater contains less salts since rain is not treated with chlorine or fluoride. Plants seem to grow better when water with rainwater, rather than tap water. We have several local companies that sell rainwater harvesting units and several local landscapers are well versed in installing rainwater-harvesting units.

YCCA’s Hammer Time airs twice each weekend, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 7 on KQNA 1130 AM, 99.9 FM and 95.5 FM or the web kqna.com. Sandy and her wingman Mike talk about the construction industry and local community partners and contractors. Happy spring!