We’re all becoming a little more environmentally aware. A little more mindful of Mother Earth and global conditions. A little more green. Your plumbing choices are also part of the movement. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the average American uses about 80 to 100 gallons of water every day. And the biggest perpetrators for the most water consumption? Showers and toilets.
Energy-efficient plumbing means using less power and less water, which translates to lower bills. And that, in our humble opinion, is all good. So what exactly can you do?
Use a low-flow toilet.
Did you know that toilet usage accounts for about a third of your household’s water usage? It’s true. While a new standard toilet uses about 1.6 gallons per flush (and older toilets can use as much as 8 gallons per flush), a low-flow uses as little as 1.3 gallons. That’s why choosing a low-flow toilet can make a real difference. Low-flow toilets perform just as well as traditional toilets, but are 20% more energy efficient.
Convert to a dual-flush toilet.
Not to be indelicate, but not every, uh, visit to the “library” requires the power of a supersonic flush. With an inexpensive and easy-to-install dual-flush toilet conversion kit, you can give yourself a choice. A dual-flush toilet allows you to press one button for a low-power flush (sufficient for liquid waste) or press another button that gives you a full-power flush to rid the bowl of solid waste.
Use a low-flow showerhead.
Like toilets, showerheads can also be adjusted to reduce water consumption. Unlike toilets, showerheads are measured by the comfort and pleasure their water pressure offers you. How do you lower the flow so you use less water, but still maintain water pressure? Two ways… Aerating showerheads mix air into the water in order to maintain a constant pressure while using less water. Non-aerating showerheads use pulses to keep the stream strong while maintaining a constant, comfortable temperature.
Protect your pipes.
While this one is simple, (and even though here in Los Angeles we don’t get those crazy New England winter blizzards), it’s important. Wrap your pipes in foam insulation (it looks like grey pool noodles and can be cut into different lengths) or foam tape and watch your bills get lower.
Consider a solar water heater.
Here in sunny Los Angeles, this could be a viable consideration. These solar domestic hot water systems use solar panels to provide the energy to heat water, in place of the traditional natural gas. And best of all, the energy source—our sun—is free. Plus, residential solar installations in California can still benefit from a solar tax credit. As always, be sure to ask your tax advisor for all the details.
Are you ready to lower your bills by choosing more efficient plumbing equipment and practices? We’re with you. It’s good for our planet and your family. (Not to mention, your wallet!)
If you have any questions or need anything, just call your skilled friends at Adeedo! We’re happy to help you save… Water and money!