We have exactly 18 years, and about 300 more days until we run out of freshwater, unless we start changing the way we live. According to the EPA, the average American family wastes about 180 gallons of water per week, and that’s just from leaks! They predict that our individual water usage can be reduced by at least 20 percent by using water-efficient fixtures around the house.
Consider installing these plumbing fixtures to conserve water.
If you have a toilet that was installed before 1993, it probably uses a lot of water while flushing. Modern toilets change this with dual-flush triggers.
These are two buttons on the tank cover that allow you to control how much water you want to flush down the toilet. This option helps you save a lot of water since you’re using different buttons to flush down solid and liquid waste.
Dual-flush toilets help you save on your water bills, however you will have to invest in routine maintenance to ensure their smooth running.
Fifteen percent of the total water we use in our houses comes from faucets. The average faucet can let out two gallons of water per minute when left running. More than often, this water is wasted while doing the dishes, or while brushing teeth. Installing aerators can reduce water wastage by a considerable degree.
An aerator is an add-on on a regular faucet. It is screwed on at the tip and controls the flow while mixing air with the water as it flows through. Aerators drop the water pressure, thus reducing the flow of the water in the faucet by 30 percent. They aren’t a huge investment and can significantly lower your water bills.
Every time you shower using an average American shower, for say 8 minutes, you use about 17 gallons of water. Multiply this number by the number of family members you have, and you’re looking at a lot of water being used on the daily.
Installing efficient showerheads can help you save gallons of water, and since water is often heated, you’re cutting on energy costs as well. You can make your shower efficient by installing aerators, shutoff nozzles, shower managers, or install one with sensors so no water is wasted while you scrub or put shampoo.
Conserving water is not just about cutting down on your energy cost and water bills, there’s a much bigger picture that demands your careful consideration. By reducing your water usage, you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint, thus making the planet more habitable for future generations for a long time to come.
If you’d like some more environmentally-friendly plumbing advice, get in touch with us today. We can help you install these water saving fixtures in your kitchen and bathrooms and provide a huge range of plumbing services in Fort Worth, TX.