The topic of water conservation is growing in importance as we face an ever-increasing threat of climate change. The average American family uses about 70% of its water indoors. As a homeowner, you can make a big dent in your water usage by swapping out some of your old plumbing fixtures for newer, more efficient ones.
If you're looking to save money and water, try the following five fixtures.
1. High-Efficiency Toilets
Your toilet is one of the biggest water users in your home, making it one of the most important fixtures to get right. The high-efficiency EPA-certified toilet is a great way to save water in the bathroom.
High-efficiency toilets use an average of 1.28 gallons to 1.6 gallons per flush. In comparison, older models can use up to 7 gallons per flush. Thus, you can save about two or three gallons of water for every trip to the bathroom you make. High-efficiency toilets save water by implementing gravity and pressure to remove waste from the toilet.
You can also install a dual flush toilet where you have the option use a half flush or a full flush depending on the waste.
2. Low-Flow Faucets
You can save water in your home by using low-flow taps and faucets. Low-flow taps use less water than standard fixtures, even when used at full force. The use of less water is generally accomplished through gaskets and aerators. An aerator adds air to the water to cut down on water flow while maintaining pressure.
You can also choose a self-closing faucet that shuts off the faucet a few seconds after the user turns it on or opt for sensor faucets that automatically activate and shut off water flow by detecting hands beneath it.
3. Performance Shower Heads
Showerheads are a major source of water loss. Low-flow showerheads are set to federal standards and deliver a lesser volume of water with no perceptible difference in quality.
Performance showerheads incorporate a narrow spray nozzle mixed with air. As a result, homeowners use less water, and the water droplets cover a large surface area.
Replacing your shower with a WaterSense labeled showerhead will save you a considerable amount of water. Because of the reduced burden on your water heater, you will also save energy.
4. Pressure-Reducing Valves (PRVs)
Pressure-reducing valves are spring-loaded diaphragms placed on the mainline to restrict water supply. The valve body contains a throttling plug for stable pressure regulation and reducing noise and vibration.
PRVs are normally installed after the water pump and are more common in residential settings.
If your PSI is higher than necessary, installing a PRV will help in reducing the flow rate. A PRV will help you reduce your water costs and increase the lifespan of your plumbing pipes.
5. Hot Water Recirculation Pump
Hot water is a modern convenience that most of us typically don't think much about. Researchers estimate that a typical single-family wastes over 10% of water while they wait for hot water to arrive.
A hot water recirculation pump ensures a constant supply of heated water ready to come out right away. The pumps ensure a constant hot water supply by returning any cold water in your pipes back to the heating system. Therefore, you don't have to waste cold water down the drain.
Water conservation is key in the modern home. These water-saving plumbing fixtures are just the beginning. But by incorporating some of the simple changes into your daily routine, you can impact your water bill and the environment.
If you have any questions about your home's plumbing system, don't hesitate to contact us.
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