Remember the first time you went skiing (snow or water), rode a motorcycle, ran a half marathon, or did anything else you have never tried before? Not only was it more difficult than you find it now – assuming you stuck with it – but the fear of the unknown is gone, as well.
In its own way, conserving water at home is quite similar. Not only are the vast majority of people willing to join the world-wide effort, but eager to do so. The problem is, there are more and more ways to limit water use and who’s got the time to do all that research?!
Well, we do. And we’re happy to share five simple ways to cut back on home water consumption for the good of each other along with future generations.
- Low flow showerheads. All new faucets have a maximum flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute, but you can purchase a replacement showerhead with a flow rate as low as 1.5 gpm. Simply changing out your showerhead can cut your home water usage by 25 to 60 percent.
- Water efficient faucets. Faucets account for about 15 percent of the water you use. When it’s time to replace a faucet, just remember that they are not all created equal, and that some use less water than others. Just look for the WaterSense on faucets and all other household plumbing products, proof that the product is EPA-approved.
- Low flow faucet aerators. If you’d like to cut water usage right away but aren’t ready for new faucets, simply add an aerator to each existing faucet. That ensures that the water output per faucet is no greater than 1 gpm.
- Low-flush toilets. If you have even a slightly older toilet, it probably uses 3-5 gallons per flush. If you were to replace it today, any toilet you purchased would use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush. That represents a water savings of nearly 50% and more per flush.
- Dual flush toilets. Think 1.6 gallons of water per flush is still too much? Then a dual-flush might be just the ticket for you. It has a half-flush mode for liquid waste, and a full-flush-mode for solid waste. In the half-flush mode, only 1 gallon of water is consumed. With just one dual-flush toilet replacing your older model toilet, you can save up to 7,000 gallons of water per year.
You can purchase any of these products directly from Anthony’s Plumbing, Heating & Air, or we can install those you purchase yourself. Either way, contact us today for the service you need – we’re always glad to help.