Did you know that the average American uses 100 gallons of water a day?
In many parts of the country where people experience water rationing, everyone knows how precious water can be. One of the ways to reduce our use of water is by installing high-efficiency plumbing fixtures in our home.
Installing high-efficiency fixtures and practicing good conservation habits will benefit our household and our community. Upgrading the plumbing in our home to be more efficient can save us money on our water bill and the cost of heating our water. Water-efficient plumbing also helps reduce the amount of energy needed to treat and deliver water.
WaterSense Plumbing Fixtures
Low-flow or high-efficiency plumbing fixtures have been on the market for a while. In fact, there are ultra-low-flow fixtures that save even more water without compromising performance. These ultra-low-flow installations are up to 20% more water-efficient than standard plumbing fixtures, and WaterSense labeled products have been verified to perform as excellent, or even better than other products.
The EPA’s WaterSense program labels ultra-low-flow, highly water-efficient plumbing fixtures that have been individually tested and certified to meet efficiency and performance standards. When it comes to installing high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, it is essential to contact your local Oregon, Washington, and Las Vegas, NV plumbers about the thresholds that are applicable, and the installation requirements.
High-efficiency, Water-Saving Plumbing Fixtures
Toilets – Toilets are usually the source of the majority water use and water waste within a home. If you have a can that uses more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush (gpf) — as do almost all toilets installed before 1994 — replace it with one of the following:
- High-efficiency or ultra-low-flush toilet model that uses 1.28 gpf (current EPA WaterSense standard)
- A dual-flush toilet that offers two flush options: a low-flush button for liquid waste and a high-flush button for solid waste. These plumbing fixtures enable us to save even more water when flushing only liquid waste.
- Composting toilet, the most advanced toilet which uses little to no water for flushing.
Showerheads – If you have an old or inefficient showerhead, replace it with a high efficiency or ultra-low-flow showerhead that uses no more than two gpm. Ultra-low-flow showerheads save money on both water and energy, by reducing the use of our water heater. And we can also conserve 300-kilowatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power our television for a whole year.
Faucets – Reduce water use by installing high-efficiency faucet valves that have a flow rate of not more than 1.5 gpm or add a water-saving aerator or flow restrictor to the existing faucets.
When it comes to saving energy, money, and water, high-efficiency plumbing fixtures are the way to go! If you plan on changing out your plumbing fixtures, our highly qualified and licensed plumbers would be more than happy to help.
Contact the experts at Einstein Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling in Oregon, Washington, and Nevada today, we offer residential and commercial plumbing, heating & cooling, water heater, and sewer & mainline services throughout Northwest Oregon, Western Washington, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Give us a call at 888-671-7767 or email [email protected] for more information.