How Low Flow Water Fixtures Can Help You Save on Water
Today, you can find many ways to save money on energy and water bills. One of the most crucial ways to save money is to upgrade your system or device to something that can run just as efficient or better while using less energy.
Water conservation is one of the first places you may want to start whether you are looking for ways to lower costs in a residential or commercial setting. A low flow system can be used for toilets, shower-heads, and facets throughout the home or business.
How Do Low Flow Systems Work?
In the 1980’s and before, typically a toilet used 3.5 gallons per flush. This can run up costs for those who have a water bill every month.
Although many may think this problem does not concern those who use a well, it still requires the electric pump to work overtime costing you more in the long run. A low-flush toilet will only take 1.6 gallons or even less to flush. Of course, this is cost effective, but is beneficial for the environment as well.
Water Conservation for Other Plumbing
Shower-heads can be updated to conserve water as well. On average a low-flow shower-head conserves as much as 30 percent of the water used per shower as opposed to an older system. In the average home 16 percent of the water is used in the kitchen and bathroom faucets.
Due to the plumbing standards set by the federal government, most kitchen faucets use no more than 2.5 gallons per minute. The standard is even lower for bathroom faucets which as been set to a rate of 2.2 gallons per minute. However, although these are standards that all newer fixtures must have, it is possible to conserve water much more effectively.
Low-Flow Systems for Every Fixture
For those who really wish to conserve water and energy as much as possible, you may want to take some of the other water sources in your home into consideration such as the dishwasher or washing machine. For example, laundry alone accounts for roughly 22 percent of the water used in an average home.
First, you may want to consider using a Energy Star labeled washing machine. Over the past two decades Energy Star has helped cut energy and water use by more than half without losing any quality in your washer.
Ultimately, having a professional in plumbing could help you conserve water in places you were not aware of without having to replace any fixtures. Some of this could include not only the fixtures but adapters and plumbing within your home as well.
Don’t delay. Give The Plumbing Dr. a call at (703) 525-9280 to save money and lower the carbon footprint of your Arlington home without changing your busy lifestyle.