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5 smart ways to save water in your home

The final frontier of making your home sustainable? Your faucet.

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Smart lighting, smart thermostats, smart window treatments: some of the many solutions that homeowners have adopted in order to make their homes more sustainable, use less energy, and improve your home’s environmental impact. But there’s one crucial piece to the environmental puzzle you’ve likely not thought of yet — your water usage.

The number of showers taken, dishwashers run, plants watered, cars washed, laps swam, and all the ways we use water every day add up. The average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day, according to the EPA; worldwide, it adds up to more than 7 billion gallons used per day. While that amount of water can seem infinite given the sheer magnitude of it, it’s not; only 0.5 percent of all the water on the planet is available for fresh water use.

For those who are ready to tackle the final frontier of sustainability at home, there are brands and products that may help lower your water footprint. Moen, the no. 1 faucet brand in North America, aims to save 1 trillion gallons of water through its smart water products, plus repurpose 2,000 tons of ocean plastic for their products and packaging, by 2030. Moen is set to launch the new Moen Smart Faucet with Motion Control which will allow you to turn water on and off with simple hand motions. The faucet’s motion sensors detect when an object (like a cup or a hand) are near, to only deliver water when it’s needed and help minimize waste. You can even control temperature and flow with just the wave of your hand.

Check out these water-efficient products from Moen that don’t just do good, but also look good in your home.

A product photo of the Moen Smart Shower 2-Outlet Shower Controller In Matte Black.

Smart shower controllers

Customize your shower, your way with the Moen Smart Shower. You can control your shower with your phone via the Moen Smart Water App, turn it on and off with your voice and voice-activated speakers (Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri). It’s never been easier to set your ideal shower, by saving your settings to the smart shower controller: shower length, temperature control, and pauses to help you save water.

A photo of the Nebia By Moen Quattro Chrome Spray Head Rainshower, in brushed nickel.

Shower heads

Of course, a smart controller isn’t the only way to save water in the shower. Moen’s Eco-Performance line of products — including hand showers and rain showers — use up to 50 percent less water than a standard shower head, but offer four shower “experiences” to let you optimize your time washing up. Each setting is designed to help relieve, soothe, clarify, and cleanse, so no sacrificing the shower experience while you save water.

A photo of the Cia Chrome One-Handle High Arc Pulldown Kitchen Faucet.

Smart faucets

You never knew how many ways you could turn a faucet on and off until now. Moen’s smart faucets can be used not just by the handle, but with your voice, too. Voice-activation technology can be used for presets for everyday functionality. Take baking: You can ask for a precise measurement for a cup, a liter, ounces, and more, at the temperature you want (score for the amateur bakers who believe they can eyeball the amounts). Or, you can ask for precise ounces to fill a baby’s bottle throughout the day. The technology can also be via your Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to shut water on and off. 

Additional water-saving presets are made for everyday routines, like washing hands (the water will turn off automatically while you lather up); and others can be tailored to fit your home, like customized presets for the plants you need to water from your smartphone app. And of course, you’ll find more recognizable ways to turn your water on and off, like a wave sensor triggered by a simple hand movement, and a handle — well, you should know how to use a faucet handle. 

The Moen smart faucets are available in a large range of finishes and designs, to fit whatever your home’s style might be.

A photo of the Moen Smart Leak Detector.

Smart leak detectors

Faucets and showers are just a part of the water ecosystem in your home. Leaks and water damage can also add up to the amount of water used in your home, not to mention additional headaches, repairs, and money down the drain. Moen’s smart water detectors can help protect areas of our home — attics, basements, laundry rooms — that are potentially vulnerable to water damage, whether by fixture malfunctions or environmental factors. When water, excess humidity or extreme temperatures are detected, the device sends an alert via the Flo by Moen app, sounds an audible alarm, and emits a blinking LED light. You also have the option to connect it to the Flo by Moen Smart Water shut-off, which can trigger a shutdown of your internal plumbing should the detector sense moisture.

A photo of the Moen Smart Sump Pump Monitor.

Smart Sump Pump Monitors

The smart sump pump monitors from Moen adds a new layer of water security to your home. The monitor can be added to any existing sump pump to track its water levels and performance in real time. Wherever you are, at home or on the go, you’ll know if your home is protected from flooding or a sump pump failure with real-time alerts, 24/7, and automated alarms. The smart sump pump monitor also runs periodic tests on your battery backup system, to ensure protection even if your sump pump fails, and the built-in backup will sound an alarm if you’re without power or Wifi.

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