Does your water bill seem high? If you already take measures to conserve water, such as taking short showers and turning off the water while you brush your teeth, you might feel as though there’s nothing that you can do to reduce your payments. Switching to more efficient plumbing fixtures may be the answer.
About 25 percent of your household’s water usage happens when you flush your toilets. Energy-saving toilets can cut this down dramatically.
High-efficiency toilets reduce the amount of water that goes down the drain when you flush. Dual-flush toilets can save even more water. They use only up to 1.1 gallons for liquid waste and the more typical 1.6 gallons for solids.
Many people are adding urinals to their bathrooms. They’re convenient for men, and they use less water than a toilet. Compact urinals with hands-free flush valves are hygienic and enhance your water savings.
If you’ve tried a low-flow showerhead in the past, you might have been disappointed. Many older models spit out less water, which meant that they dribbled onto your head with low pressure. Today’s high-efficiency showerheads have better performance. In addition to saving water, they also reduce energy waste by using less hot water.
Although a rain shower head surrounds you with water, it typically uses a lower flow because there are so many nozzles. Read the specs before buying one to make sure that you don’t wastewater.
Conventional faucets dump out 2.5 gallons of water per minute. A high-efficiency faucet puts out closer to 1.5 gallons per minute. Aerators can also reduce the flow without sacrificing pressure. If you use one of these plumbing fixtures to save water, put it on the kitchen sink, which is probably the one that you use the most. It might not make a difference in the guest bathroom.
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