Reducing water usage around the home not only helps to conserve and protect our critical water supply, it also saves energy, reducing your utility bill. Conserving water saves energy by reducing the cost of water treatment, heating water and running appliances that use water. In fact, according to the EPA, if every U.S. home had efficient plumbing fixtures the U.S. would save more than 3 trillion gallons of water, and an estimated $18 billion dollars per year!
Whether you're replacing an old water heater or remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, here are some water saving plumbing upgrades to consider.
Water Conserving Toilets
Toilets typically are responsible for most water wasted in the average home, consuming as much as 30 percent of an average home’s (indoor) water. If your toilets were installed prior to 1994, there is a good chance it uses more than 1.6 gallons of water when flushed.Consider replacing older toilets with a current EPA standard 1.28 gallon model. As an alternative for older larger tank toilets, you can conserve water by placing a small water filled bottle into the toilet tank to reduce the displacement.
Low-Flow Shower Heads
Showering accounts for around 20 percent of an average homes indoor water consumption. Today's low flow shower heads can reduce water consumption by as much as 70% will still providing a strong spray of water.
If your home has older, inefficient faucets that use more than 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm), consider replacing them with high-efficiency faucets that have a flow rate of less than 1.5 gpm. Alternatively, you can add an aerator or flow restrictor to the faucet to easily reduce its water flow.
Tankless Water Heaters
Storing and heating a large volume of water in a tank takes a lot of energy. Heating the water only when it's needed greatly reduces the energy needed to heat water in the home. Tankless water heaters will cost more to install than a conventional tank-style water heater, but you'll save money over the long run in lower energy costs, and a longer lifespan of water heater. You'll also enjoy a virtually endless supply of hot water.
For all your energy efficient plumbing needs, call MR Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric. We're here to help.