Looking for a way to help the environment and save significant money on your bills? Plumbing is an excellent place to look! Cut down on your water bill and reduce your negative impact on the water table around you with just a few basic changes (changes that don’t require learning new systems the way that new electrical devices may). These replacements work especially well if you are already planning on renovating your bathroom or other plumbing fixtures.
In the past, low-flow toilets had a bad reputation because homeowners were worried that the flow wouldn’t be enough to flush the waste away entirely. Those worries are long in the past! Today’s low-flow toilets have the right design to deliver powerful bursts of water as needed, while still saving plenty of water with every flush. If you haven’t switched to low flow toilets yet, now is an excellent time to look at new models.
Low-Flow Shower Heads
Shower head fixtures are infamous for using a lot of water very quickly, and they are frequently a target when trying to save water around the house. The key is to find a shower head that still provides plenty of pressure and coverage, but reduces the amount of water being used. A good low-flow shower head will use only five to eight gallons per minute. You can always ask your plumber about the different low flow styles and what they offer.
Motion Sensor Faucets
Motion sensor faucets are fairly common in restaurants and offices, and the reason why is that they save a huge amount of water from day to day. Much water gets wasted because people leave the faucet on while they brush their teeth, or between bathroom tasks. A motion sensor faucet automatically stops when it is not being directly used, and these fixtures come in plenty of beautiful home-friendly styles. They’re a good choice for a big family that doesn’t have the greatest faucet habits.
If you don’t like the idea of a motion sensor faucet, you may want to try a faucet aerator instead. The aerator adds more air bubbles to the water which helps save water while still providing plenty of faucet power. It won’t cut down water as much as turning the faucet off, but it does guarantee that you can conserve some water, no matter how long someone lets the faucet run.
Energy Efficient Appliances
Don’t forget about the water that your appliances use! Dishwashers and washing machines use lots of water too. Energy Star® versions of these appliances can often help cut down on the water such appliances need — and of course, there’s the tankless water heater, which can make a significant difference in heating bills if you don’t need a lot of hot water stored up.
At Service Olympians, we can help with all your plumbing needs. For more information on plumbing renovations and how to get an estimate for your project, contact us today!