Modern plumbing fixtures have come a long way in terms of conserving water. Homeowners have recognized the benefits of these newer, more efficient appliances, as they learn they not only save on their water bills but also help safeguard their community’s water supplies for coming years.
Following is a list of efficient plumbing fixtures that can help you cut down your water use.
High-efficiency or low-flush toilets are designed to use no more than 1.28 gallons per flush, which meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense standard.
Dual-flush toilets have separate buttons for liquid or solid waste (lower water for liquids, more water for solids).
Another tip for reducing the amount of water it takes to fill up your toilet tank is to place in the tank a plastic bottle filled with water and with the cap on. Do not use a brick, as the particles from the brick can clog the workings of the toilet.
Efficient showerheads reduce the amount of water used during a shower. Modern showerheads are much better about maintaining water pressure than the first low-flow models that were on the market. You can choose from aerator types, where some air is mixed in with the flow, or laminar types, which send out individual streams of water from the showerhead.
You can also mount a restrictor so that the water can be turned off while you’re lathering up, or you can install a showerhead that has this feature.
Replace older faucets with newer models that use less than 2.5 gallons per minute, or preferably no more than 1.5 gpm, which is the EPA’s current standard.
You can also add water-saving aerators or flow restrictors to the faucets.
Recirculating Hot Water System
Recirculating hot water kits are now available for residential storage-type water heaters. They provide hot water quickly so that you don’t waste water as you wait for it to heat up.
For more on efficient plumbing fixtures, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve served Grand Traverse County and the surrounding area for more than 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about plumbing fixtures and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.
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