How To Make Your Plumbing More Energy Efficient
With every appliance you buy, or home improvement project you take on, energy efficiency is probably at the top of your decision list. Why not purchase something new that will lessen the impact on the environment, and save on your monthly utility bills too?
If you’re adding to your to-do list for this year, here are three ways you can make your plumbing more energy efficient, so you consume less water.
How old are your toilets? If they are more than a few years old, it may be time to invest in new ones. Toilets by far are the biggest water usage fixtures in a home, accounting for about 30 percent of water consumption. That makes them the number one target for home improvement projects – they really will make a difference. If you have an old one in place, it could be using up to 7 gallons for every flush, Reduce that to 1.6 gallons, and the savings quickly add up. Now, times that by the number of bathrooms you have, and you’ll see the difference you can make with this one simple home improvement project.
Once your toilets have been replaced, the next place to look is at your faucets, which account for up to 15 percent of your yearly water usage. You probably already know to turn the tap off while you brush your teeth – this alone can save thousands of gallons per year. You’ve probably fixed leaks as quickly as they occur. But there are other ways you can save too.
New, more efficient faucets are always coming to market. If you haven’t upgraded in a while, now is the time. Just look for the WaterSense label, which limits the water flow to 1.5 gallons per minute. The good thing is with new technology, you still get the steady stream you’re looking for, just without the water waste that goes along with older technology.
If you’re looking for ways to potentially save even more, you can’t ignore the showerhead if you’re looking for things to replace. How many times have you stood under the showerhead, enjoying the warm spray on a cold winter day? A standard showerhead can put out about 25 gallons of water per minute. If it leaks – even a slow drip – it’s wasting even more.
New technology can offer you just as satisfying streams of water, without wasting this precious resource. Why compromise on water pressure when you don’t have to? And considering the shower can use up to 17 percent of your overall water usage per year, it’s a great investment to make.
Need other plumbing ideas to make your home more efficient? We’d be happy to run an energy audit and show you where you can make your biggest gains.