One of the themes of our time - and smartinsure’s mission - is water loss prevention. Today, in addition to returning to that theme, we are going to start with some thoughts about water conservation before discussing prevention. All of our research on prevention has slowly led us to start thinking more and more about water conservation. Rising sea levels remind us of the abundance of water in this world. However, fresh water supplies are finite and depend on both climate factors and local consumption factors. Problems are soluble and this major and growing global problem is something we can tackle every day with some simple changes in our behavior.
When it comes to finding ways to conserve water, switching out your showerheads and faucets with low-flow models will instantly begin saving water. Low-flow fixtures are inexpensive and by reducing the flow or rate at which the water comes out of the faucet this reduces the overall consumption. Professionals estimate that switching all of your faucets and showerheads to low-flow models can reduce your water usage by between 30-50%, and save you between $50-90 on your water bill.
As an example, the GreenIQ Smart Garden device controls your irrigation system by monitoring the current and upcoming weather forecasts. It also connects to your smartphone to control your irrigation system remotely. With these smart enabled sprinkler systems, saving up to 50% on your outdoor water consumption is possible. Smart systems like Racchio, for instance, use weather data to sense when it is raining outside and automatically shut off the sprinklers. This system will help save money on your water bill by preventing the use of water you wouldn’t need.
Having a problem like a small, preventable flood is way, way better than having to rebuild after a flood, no matter how quickly your insurer makes you whole. So join the tens of thousands of homeowners that have started using smart home leak detectors that monitor the moisture around pipes and other areas.
We recommend that every homeowner adopt the following core water loss prevention technology:
Basements, attics, bathrooms, refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines all need water leak detectors because that’s where water leaks occur. Makes sense, right? These three technologies can combine to reduce water losses in the home by 50-90%. We don’t have to live with water losses any more. If there is a problem, homeowners should be notified at the first sign of condensation, drips, leaks, or flooding via app and then connect to a central station monitoring system that has your back and can shut off the water for you in case you are not available or don’t recall how to do that in your app.
Conserving water resources requires a conscious effort on our part to prevent water loss. A good place to start is by being mindful of how we use water at home, and switching to fixtures and tools that help us in water loss prevention. We live in an era where a looming water crisis is a global problem, but it is also a time of unprecedented growth in smart technology which can help us be part of the solution.
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