Outfit Your Home with Water-Efficient Plumbing Fixtures
In a typical household, each family member uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water every day. All that consumption can add up to shockingly high water bills, and it’s a waste of a precious, finite resource. If you’d like to save money on your monthly water bill and help preserve the planet’s most valuable resource, consider updating your home with these water-efficient plumbing fixtures:
Low-flow bathroom faucets– You may not realize it, but replacing an inefficient faucet can cut your water bill and also trim your water heating energy costs. Running a conventional hot water faucet for just five minutes consumes as much energy as burning a 60-watt light bulb for 14 hours. More efficient faucets and aerators have a range of 0.8 to 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm), using about 30 percent less water than standard models.
High-efficiency toilets– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program has certified more than 60 models of highly efficient toilets. Some of the innovative design options available include single-flush, gravity-fed models and pressure-assisted versions equipped with storage tanks or small pumps to boost water pressure. You can also find dual-flush, gravity-fed toilets that give you a choice between using 0.08 and 1.6 gallons per flush. These ultra-efficient models can save 5,000 gallons a year compared to using a standard toilet, and slash consumption by about 20 percent over conventional 1.6 gallon toilets.
Water-saving shower heads– Low-flow shower heads are tested and certified to produce maximum flow rates of less than 2.0 gpm, compared to standard shower heads that pump out 2.5 gpm. In an average household, that half-gallon difference can save 2,800 gallons of water and lower the energy consumed by an electric water heater by about 370 kilowatt hours a year. Shower heads that meet the EPA’s criteria must also perform at least as well as their conventional counterparts, so you’ll still enjoy an invigorating shower.
To learn more about the advantages of outfitting your Peachtree City home with water-efficient plumbing fixtures, contact us today at Powers Heating & Air.
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