Efficient Plumbing Solutions


There are many ways you can save water at home and lower your water bills. Besides for improving your water usage habits, you can install several water saving plumbing devices in your home. Additionally, water saving toilets, dishwashers and washing machines will help your home be more efficient and save you even more. Always look for the Energy Star label when selecting a new appliance.

Water Saving Devices
Water saving devices can help to significantly conserve the water in your home. These devices can be easily installed in toilets, showerheads and faucets. Installing water saving devices isn't complex and can be installed be most beginner do-it-yourselfers.

Low Flow Showerheads
Low flow showerheads deliver 1.6 gallons of water per minute. This is much less than the 4-5 gallons per minute that conventional showerheads deliver. A low flow showerhead does not mean that you won't experience low water pressure form your shower. These dives work differently as they decrease the flow and incorporate oxygen to deliver a good, but conservative flow. You can purchase a good quality low flow showerhead for under $20.

Dual-Flush Toilet or Dual-Flush Toilet Switch
If your toilet is from 1992 or earlier, you probably have an inefficient model that uses at least 3.5 gallons per flush. A new efficient toilet is ideal if your budget allows for it. New efficient toilets use less water per flush and provide two flushing options: full flush or half flush. The full flush typically uses 1.6 gallons of water and the half flush uses about .8 gallons. If you do not need to replace your toilet, then you can purchase a flush adapter, which is installed into the toilet tank. The adapter, usually available in an easy to install kit, cost about $100.

Low-Flow Faucet Aerators
Faucet aerators look like tiny screens and cost about $10. Most faucets already have aerators installed; however low-flow aerators decrease the amount of water flowing from the faucet even more than standard aerators. Without an aerator, the water comes out in a gushing flow. An aerator spreads the flow, which saves water.

Plumbing Maintenance
Plumbing maintenance will help you save time and money. Create a plumbing maintenance checklist for your home. Inspect all the plumbing devices in your home on a quarterly basis. Checking for leaky pipes, toilets and sinks will help prevent costly leaks. Leaks often go undetected and it's a waste to pay for water you aren't even using. You'll notice a lower water bill as soon as you fix any leaks.

Water Usage Habits
Try to cut back on the amount of water that you used by applying some of the following suggestions:
* Turn the faucet off while: brushing teeth, soaping up in the shower and scrubbing dishes.
* Limit your landscape watering. Water the grass only in the early morning and try low water landscaping techniques, such as planting only native plats and flowers.

 


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