Save water when upgrading your Appliances and Fixtures.
You never actually “finish” your home when you are a homeowner. Appliances, fixtures and other components are always breaking down, aging or going out of fashion, so upgrades come with the territory. When plumbing is taken into account in those improvements, your choices have a significant impact on the amount of water you consume.
New techniques and designs have made low-flow fixtures easier to love, no more dribbling showers! Dishwashers and washing machines are now designed to do more with less water.
If the time has come for you to make a few changes around your house, make sure you consider upgrades below. They will require professional plumbing services to be installed, but they are sure to be a water and money saver in the long run.
On average, seventeen percent of residential water use comes from showering. Most conventional showerheads use around 2.5 gallons of water per minute, but you can find new showerheads that use a maximum of 2 gallons per minute. This might seem like a minor difference, but it adds up over time. On average, a typical family can save around 3,000 gallons of water a year by changing their water heads, and along with saving water you also save extra water heater costs.
Another one of the primary uses for water in households comes from toilets. Toilets account for around 30% of residential water usage. Current standards state that a toilet should use 1.6 gallons per flush, but if your toilet is a couple of decades old, it could be using around six times that.
When you choose a water efficient toilet, you could reduce your water consumption by as much as 60%. This adds up to major savings over a toilets lifespan, which means that a water-efficient toilet is a sound investment.
Your sink faucet can save water by using an aerator, which is a small device injecting air bubbles into the stream. The bubbles displace the water and don’t affect the rinsing ability. If your faucet is in good condition and you don’t want to replace it, you can find aftermarket aerators, which you can attach to your existing features. By using aerators, you can save around 700 gallons of water annually.
Old washing machines use around 40 gallons of water just by washing a single large load. By switching to a newer and more water efficient model, you will be reducing your water consumption by nearly 30 gallons. The wash cycle may last a little longer, but you get the same results as you would with a less water efficient machine.
Not hand washing your dishes and using your dishwasher is an excellent way to save water, but if you want to get the most out of every drop of water, switching to a water efficient model is the way to go. Older dishwashers can use up to 10 gallons of water per cycle, where water efficient models use up to 4 gallons. Over the lifespan of your dishwasher, this means you can save almost 4000 gallons of water.
If you are curious about what other ways you can save money by doing a few simple upgrades or you’re interested in upgrading to a newer and more efficient model, reach out to professional plumbing services.