Water conservation is an important element of green and sustainable design. Fresh water is often taken for granted but there is only a limited supply of it. Overuse drains local reservoirs and lowers underground water tables. Even in New England it is important to conserve water.
Water conservation saves energy
In addition to conserving water as a precious resource, using less water also reduces energy consumption. If you have a private well, as most people in Eastern Connecticut do, then you have to pay to run the pump to get the water into your house. In the case of hot water, energy must be expended to keep the water warm.
Water Conservation is easy
Luckily, with the right fixtures, it is easy to save water. Choosing low flow toilets and water saving fixtures and appliances including faucet aerators can save a lot of water without sacrificing anything.
Go all the way with Alternative Water Systems
Beyond that, for a truly water sipping home, rainwater collection for outdoor water usage and gray water systems can greatly reduce the need for water from the well or city water.
Grey water systems and/or composting toilet systems can greatly reduce the amount of water a family requires while also meeting septic requirements on lots that may otherwise be unbuildable. These systems require smaller septic systems and therefore may be desirable on lots where wetlands contamination is a concern.