Watering the plants, doing loads of laundry, or even having some backyard fun, water bills tend to run higher this time of the year. While it is easy to say “use less water” to other household members, it doesn’t always work—this is where high-efficiency plumbing fixtures come in to save the day…or should we say water?
Using less water than the standard, these fixtures are designed to save water, but not compromise performance. Making the switch could save you hundreds of dollars in the long run.
Here are some helpful reasons why you should consider the switch!
- Everyone loves a nice hot shower, however showering accounts for 20% of the average household’s indoor water use—now that’s a lot of water! Replacing your old showerhead to a high-efficiency version can cut your water usage in the shower up to 70%. High-efficiency showerheads use no more than 2 gallons per minute (gpm), which is much lower than old or inefficient showerheads that use more than 2.5 gpm. Also, don’t worry about low water pressure when showering, newer high-efficiency showerheads can still give you a strong stream!
- Did you know that nearly 30% of the average homes water use comes from the toilet? If you have a toilet that was installed before 1994, you should consider replacing it with a high-efficiency model. High-efficiency toilet models use no more than 1.28 gallons per flush; the savings stack up quickly! An even better alternative is replacing your old toilet with a dual-flush model. These toilets have two flushing mechanisms, which use less or more flushing power when needed.
- We know to turn off the tap when brushing our teeth, but you can still save water even when the tap is on! High-efficiency kitchen and bathroom faucets are water efficient fixtures that will help you reduce water use in your home and save money on the water bill. High-efficiency faucets use a maximum of 1.5 gpm, which is 30% lower than the standard flow of 2.2 gpm. Replacing the old faucets with high-efficiency models can save the average household up to 700 gallons of water per year—that equals 40 showers!