How Low Flow Fixtures Can Help You Save on Water
If your toilet and bathroom fixtures date back to the mid 1990s or earlier, your household is probably consuming more water than you need to, and also overpaying on water bills. Let's discuss how low flow toilets, showerheads and faucets can help you save on water and lower your utility bills as well.
Conserve Water With Low Flow Toilets
Prior to the mid 1990s, the average toilet consumed anywhere from 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per flush. At that point, new laws were enacted in the USA with the intention of reducing water consumption.
From then on, the new standard became 1.6 gallons of water per flush. As a result, older toilets quickly became outdated, and the new low-flow toilets were popularized in American homes.
If the older, more inefficient toilet models are still present in your home, you're literally flushing money down the drain every time someone uses them; you're wasting up to 5.4 gallons of water with every flush.
With water costs surging upwards, particularly in drought-prone regions of the country such as the American southwest, the costs for this wasted water add up quickly.
Upgrading your toilets is a wise use of resources, and makes good financial sense. Upgrading will allow you to take advantage of the availability of more efficient toilet models, which will conserve water and save you money on your utilities in the future.
Conserve Water With High Efficiency Faucets
New faucets can be another source of potential utility bill savings for homeowners. Look for high efficiency models that, by default, use less water, but can also be configured to allow for a higher water pressure level when needed for tasks like washing burned residue off pans and pots.
Conserve Water With High Efficiency Shower-heads
High efficiency shower-heads are another potential means for significant cost savings when it comes to utilities.
For some homeowners, it's easy to switch out old toilets and fixtures for the newer, more efficient models. For other homeowners, particularly those residing in older homes, the decision can be a bit more complex, depending on the condition of the current systems in the home.
As experienced plumbers, we're qualified to help you evaluate the status of your home's plumbing system, and we can help you to make an informed decision about the costs involved in these upgrades. We invite you to call us to schedule a consultation, and to arrange for a trustworthy estimate.
Don’t delay. Give Bellows Plumbing, Heating & Air a call at (831) 477-7150 to save money and lower the carbon footprint of your Soquel home without changing your busy lifestyle.