Taking showers, washing dishes and flushing the toilet all run up your water bill and sometimes your energy bill, too. With qualified, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, however, you can reduce those bills without any inconvenience.
Use Less Per Flush
Because toilets account for around 30 percent of the water use in most homes, they’re among the first fixtures to target when improving your home’s water efficiency. While some old toilets use up to six gallons per flush, WaterSense-qualified models use 1.28 gallons per flush or less with no decrease in performance. You’ll save water without having to worry about your toilet clogging.
Shower More Efficiently
Around 17 percent of the average home’s water use goes toward showering. Old, inefficient shower heads use around 2.5 gallons of water per minute (GPM), wasting both water and the energy needed to heat that water. WaterSense-qualified shower heads use 2 GPM or less, yet they’re tested to perform as well as higher-flow models. By upgrading to these models, the average family can save 2,900 gallons of water yearly and enough electricity to power the house for almost two weeks. To achieve maximum efficiency, shower heads require proper installation, so it’s worth hiring a plumber to put in these water-efficient plumbing fixtures.
Faucets Matter, Too
They may be small, but faucets still have a measurable effect on your water use. Upgrading your bathroom and kitchen sink faucets to models with flow rates of 1.5 GPM or less can reduce your water consumption from these fixtures by up to 30 percent. The average household can save as much as 40 showers’ worth of water every year.
If your existing faucets have flow rates above 1.5 GPM, but you’re not up for replacing them just yet, consider installing low-flow aerators. Avoid installing aerators on faucets where you need a higher flow rate, such as the sink in which you wash large dishes. Both faucets and aerators are available in models that carry the WaterSense label.
To have water-efficient plumbing fixtures installed in your home, contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in the Greater Cleveland area.
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