Reducing your water usage makes sense not only for your monthly water bill but for your local environment as well. Here are some suggestions for water-saving plumbing fixtures you can install in your kitchen and bathroom areas.
- WaterSense fixtures: Plumbing fixtures with the WaterSense label are certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to be water efficient. The fixture has been tested and determined to meet the standards for water savings that established by the EPA.
- High-efficiency faucets: Faucets are available that provide a significantly reduced water flow to your sinks. They can reduce water flow to a rate of about 1.5 gallons per minute (GPM), which is equivalent to the U.S. WaterSense standard.
- Low-flow aerators: Many faucets can also be equipped with low-flow aerators, the cap on the end of a faucet that mixes air and water into a steady stream reduces splashing. Low-flow aerators can restrict the amount of water coming from the faucet, which is an effective way of lowering water usage.
- Low-flow showerheads: Low-flow showerheads are also available that effectively limit the amount of water used during a shower. While these types of showerheads usually provide enough water for bathing, remember that they won’t provide as much water as you may be used to and therefore may not be acceptable.
- Low-flow toilets: Low-flow toilets can be installed in your home to reduce the amount of water required for flushing. Since this is a major source of water use, often consuming several gallons per flush, a low-flow toilet system will result in major water savings.
- Dual-flush toilets: These types of toilets allow users to choose between two flushing modes, one that uses less water than another. This allows you to use less water when it is not necessary to flush solid waste. Keep in mind that dual-flush toilets require more maintenance than standard toilets.
Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning, and Plumbing has been serving plumbing and HVAC customers in the Greater Cleveland area since 1924. Contact us today for more information on water-saving plumbing fixtures that can substantially reduce water usage, and monthly water costs, in your home.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues. For more information about ways to save water and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or give us a call at 440-345-8795.
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