You can reduce your overall water consumption significantly by using water-efficient plumbing fixtures. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. would save over 3 trillion gallons of water annually if all households installed water-saving appliances and fixtures. Here are the water-saving plumbing fixtures you should install in your home.
Your toilet accounts for a substantial amount of your home’s indoor water consumption. If it has a gpf (gallons of water per flush) of more than 1.6, replace it with a high-efficiency model that uses 1.28 gpf or less, a dual-flush toilet, or a composting toilet. A dual-flush toilet has separate flush buttons for liquid and solid waste. A composting toilet virtually uses no water for flushing.
An old, inefficient showerhead uses over 2.5 gallons of water per minute (gpm). Switching to a low-flow showerhead can help you save up to 70 percent of your water use in showers. Make sure you install an ultra-low-flow showerhead that uses not more than 2.0 gpm. Such a showerhead will also help you save on energy bills by lowering the demand on your water heater.
If you have inefficient faucets that have a flow rate of over 2.5 gpm, replace them with high-efficiency ones that use 1.5 gpm or less. Automatic sensor type-faucets will be a great addition to your home because they use very little water. They limit the flow rate and the time the fixture operates. An inexpensive alternative to replacing your existing faucets is adding an aerator or flow restrictor to them.
You can also save more water by using high-efficiency appliances such as Energy Star-certified dishwashers and clothes washers. The federal Energy Star program independently certifies products that save energy without sacrificing functionality.
Saving water not only saves you money and energy but also helps conserve the community and country’s vital water supplies and save taxpayer dollars. To learn more about water-saving plumbing fixtures, please contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. We serve Monmouth County and the surrounding area.
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