Eco-Friendly Bathroom Fixtures For Plumbing Remodels
Remodeling a bathroom will invariably involve replacing certain fixtures that are old or outdated. As you plan out the project, you will make decisions on what type of fixture works great with the new design plan.
You’ll be looking at different faucets, spigots, showerheads, tubs, toilets, and sinks. The term “fixtures” in plumbing speak refers to both the small fixtures like faucets and the large fixtures like tubs and toilets. Basically, any type of exchangeable device connected to the plumbing system which delivers or drains water is called a fixture.
While choosing a beautiful faucet for the bathroom remodel makes sense, you’ll also want to consider functionality. Many homeowners are choosing to help the environment by installing water saving fixtures rather than standard models. Just imagine, if every one of the 325 million residents in the U.S. were to use just one gallon of water today, then one of the major reservoirs of one million acre-feet will be drained dry. Of course, these reservoirs hold at least that amount, often much more, but you see what we mean.
You can do your part for the environment by being aware of the effect that your water usage has on our country. In America, we waste around 1 trillion gallons of water every year, about the size of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee, due to faulty plumbing fixtures. A problem as simple as one faucet leak can waste 10K gallons per year.
Here are some of the best water saving fixtures you can install during your bathroom remodel.
Toilets are one of the biggest sources of water use – and water waste – in many homes. In an average home, they account for around 30% of indoor water consumption. Most toilets that were installed before 10-20 years ago use more than 3.5 gallons per flush, but they can be replaced these alternatives, which are much more efficient and remain effective:
Low-Flush Toilets – Many homeowners in the U.S. started to use low-flush toilets in the 1990s in response to concern over water conversation. These toilets use 1.6 gallons or less per flush, so they can help you save a tremendous amount of water in your Kansas City home over time.
Dual Flush Toilets – Dual flush toilets are preferred by many homeowners because they offer usage options. There is a low-flush button for liquid waste and a higher flush button for solid waste. These toilets are very common in Australia and Europe and are becoming much more popular in the U.S.
Water Saving Shower Heads
According to the EPA, the average family uses about 40 gallons per day showering. But water–efficient shower heads can drastically lower that amount.
With water–efficient shower heads, you could save:
- 2,900 gallons of water per year
- 13 days of energy to power your home per year
- $70 dollars per year
Call all professional plumber like ours at Steve’s Plumbing Service in Oahu today to have your bathroom shower heads retrofitted so you can start saving on the utility bill by conserving water.
Water-efficient faucets use a maximum of 1.5 gallons per minute, which can reduce a sink’s water flow by 30% or more, and their performance will not be affected. Retrofitting bathroom sink faucets with models approved by the EPA can help save billions of gallons of water nationwide every year.
Also, remember that a leaky faucet that drips at a rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year, so don’t neglect to have any faucets in your home repaired as soon as possible.
By choosing water-saving fixtures for your bathroom, you’ll be doing yourself and the world a favor. If we can all pitch in to stop wasting this most precious resource, we may never have to worry about not having enough fresh water.