May 19, 2011
At Plumbing Today, our plumbers are experts at helping you conserve water and save more on your water bill. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans now use an average of 100 gallons of water each day. Installing a low-flow showerhead can cut water consumption by 50-70%. If you’re not sure whether your existing showerhead is of the low-flow variety, time how long it takes to fill a one-gallon bucket of water. If it takes less than 20 seconds to fill the bucket, you should switch out for a more efficient showerhead.
Regularly examine your monthly water bill and water meter for unusually high use. Spikes or increased water use over time might indicate a leak. If you suspect a leak, a full plumbing inspection is recommended to help you identify and repair any possible problems in your home plumbing system.
Replace older water-wasting toilets with newer, high-efficiency toilets and save thousands of gallons of water each year. The best models use 1.6 gallons or less per flush, where older water-guzzlers can use 5 to sometimes seven gallons of water per flush!
Installing or replacing existing sink aerators with energy efficient models can help you conserve a great deal of water, while still maintaining good water pressure. Standard aerators dispense around 2.2 gallons per minute while energy-conserving models dispense around .5 gallons per minute. This saves you more than 70% water and energy a year when you use your sinks.
It’s simple, really: If you’re not using the water, shut it off. Brushing your teeth, lathering up in the shower, or washing dishes in the sink are all instances where the water should be turned off until it’s time to rinse.
Remember every home is different, so if you want to know what changes are best for you and your home, contact Plumbing Today, your plumbing professionals.
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