The weather all across our nation is wild and unpredictable. And here in Colorado as we face another month with very little moisture, the talk is turning once again to living with drought conditions.

There are various ways to conserve water, including taking shorter showers, avoiding watering your lawn or washing your car, and installing energy efficient showerheads and toilets in your home. One area that many people overlook is how much water is wasted waiting for hot water.

If you think about all of the water that simply goes down the drain because of its cold temperature, you will find yourself rethinking your next shower.

One of the easiest ways on conserving water – and one that can actually provide you with a convenience as well – is installing a warm water circulating system. One of the most affordable solutions you can add to your home, this system uses a small pump and valve under your sink where instant hot water is accessible any time you desire it. It only operates when the temperature of the water in the pipes reaches below 95 degrees, and turns off when the temperature reaches above that limit.

Manufacturers of the water circulation systems estimate that an average family can save as much as 16,000 gallons per year. Even if you move that number to a more conservative number of 8 to 10 thousand gallons per year, even in a small community its easy to see the water savings can quickly add up into the millions of gallons.

While many companies talk about the convenience of using a tankless water heater instead, we’ve found tankless water heaters have many of the same characteristics of traditional water heaters when it comes to heated water. Though they don’t use the energy necessary to store hot water, they still don’t provide a solution to the problem of instant hot water. Which means it still takes a while for the hot water to reach your location, and a steady stream of wasted water going down your drain.

A water circulation system – the perfect addition to your home to help you save water when we need it the most.